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March 29, 2004

Weblogs: a contributory element to the research dissemination process.

ERADC Working Series Report #1 has been posted. Titled 'Weblogs: a contributory element to the research dissemination process' this report starts to explore the idea of using weblogs as a means of research dissemination.

The purpose of the ERADC working reports is to put ideas, suggestions, thoughts etc. online and see what discussion they promote. If you have an idea that you would like to be included in the ERADC Working Series Reports please send it in.

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March 28, 2004

"Folio Thinking" a new tool in retaining engineering students

I will be interested to follow the progress of this initiative and see if it proves successful.

Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning : News: adobe grant

March 25, 2004

AAHE WebCenter

This could become a good resource for ePortfolio discussion. Registration is free and you get access to a number of facilities. Once registered you can join the ePortfolio forum.

AAHE WebCenter

March 18, 2004

ePortfolio and weblogs - draft paper available

Use of the Electronic Portfolio (ePortfolio) is rising around the world and in particular the US and UK. Two main purposes of the ePortfolio include: promotion of student-centred learning and reflection; career planning and CV building. Weblog use has grown rapidly leading to the development of some excellent programs for keeping a daily online ‘diary’. This report explores the possibility of merging weblog technology with ePortfolios, creating a platform for learning reflection.

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Paper-based VS electronic

Since I started doing this research here is a common question poeple ask; "Is the only difference between a paper-based portfolio and an ePortfolio the fact it is online in an electronic format and if so, what makes you think the ePortfolio will be anymore successful?."
There is the obvious logistic advantages - storage, access etc. as well as a general willingness to engage in new technology and media. Does anyone have any good reasons why they think the ePortfolio will prove more successful than traditional paper-based portfolios?

March 17, 2004

Power in the process

The more I read about ePortfolios, their uses, purpose etc. a divide in the reasons for implementing ePortfolios seems clear. Some view the ePortfolio primarily as an employment tool and are only concerned about the final product, this is the measure of the learners skills and abilities.
Others, myself included, feel the real power of the ePortfolio lies in the process. The steps a learner goes through when creating their ePortfolio, selecting digital artefacts to demonstrate competence, reflection etc. can tell a potential employer or faculty much more about that individual than just viewing the final polished portfolio.

This could be interesting for ePortfolio development

Splashing in Ponds and Pools
The work currently being carried out into learning resource discovery and management could have huge potential for ePortfolio development.

CETIS-Splashing in Ponds and Pools

March 16, 2004

Opinion on the ePortfolio movement

I am wondering what thoughts/reasons those who are sceptics of the ePortfolio hold? Here in the UK they are on the agenda of most higher education establishments. In a recent conversation with Darren Cambridge, an EDUCAUSE NLII Fellow, he mentioned interest and acceptance of the ePortfolio had sky-rocketed in the US. This was in the time since our last chat in October 2003.

With little research into ePortfolios available – does anyone think the ePortfolio movement is another case of “jumping on a bandwagon”? For the idea to be touted so widely there must be compelling evidence they are indeed a worthwhile addition to elearning. What do you think?

March 15, 2004

ePortfolios and weblogs

I am really interested in using weblog technology and ethos within the ePortfolio environment for reflection. Does anyone have interesting information regarding this and/or good sources of information regarding the use of weblogs within education / learning?

March 14, 2004

New ePortfolio system avaliable for demo

The "FDTL4 ePortfolio project" have recently enabled a facility for users to set up a demo account and try out their ePortfolio system. It is looking good.

ePortfolios - Demo

March 12, 2004

Excellent resource

This is an excellent resource for ePortfolio information.

cogdogblog: eportfolios Archives

Experimental ePortfolio initiative

This looks like an interesting development worth watching.

cogdogblog: ePortfolio Beta Opens

What is the primary purpose?

What is the primary purpose of the ePortfolio: reflection or career and resume planning ?
It is difficult to separate the two. Perhaps the primary purpose should be a combination of both, however research suggests most institutions lean one way or the other.

March 11, 2004

To implement or not?

This is an excellent summary report detailing the research into whether a student ePortfolio should be implemented on the UC Berkeley campus.

2004-02-19: EPortfolios: What's behind the hype?

eportfolio Canada Conference, April 17-18th 2004

I will be presenting on the use of ePortfolios in Adult basic skills, EUCEBS, at the first Canadian conference on ePortfolios. Here is a registration form if you wish to attend: Registration

Learning in Communities

This is an interesting article by Stephen Downes on the learning community.


Could weblogs provide an effective means of learning reflection?

elearningpost: Dan Saffer: Why I Blog my Postgrad Course
The following is an excerpt from an interview carried out by

Lately, a lot of the things I'm learning in different classes have all started to come together; they all seem to be talking about similar things or things are starting to fit into patterns. Some of this is intentional, some probably not. But I doubt I would have been able to see those patterns as clearly without the blog. There's something about putting your entire coursework together in one place that allows you to more easily make that kind of analysis.