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April 29, 2004

Leading reflection?

I was wondering what opinions people hold with regards to prompting learner reflection through say open ended questions, statements etc.

I was thinking for something to be true reflection the sole content of that reflection should come from the learner even if this means the reflection is poor. However, a friend of mine who teaches in a school feels his students need some kind of guidance when reflecting - they need a comment to reply to or questions to start the reflective process. I can see his point.

However my worry is the reflection could end up being led by the tutor/teacher not the learner.

April 28, 2004

Directions for e-portfolio research

Helen Barrett divised some excellent research questions that could be explored to promote e-portfolio development. Helen kindly included some of mine which are listed below.

# How do you encourage students to use e-portfolios?
# What is the best way to get industry involvement?
# Does anyone know or have experience of combating faculty resistance?
# For those that have implemented an e-portfolio – what are your students’ experiences?
# Who owns the e-portfolio?
# How to use e-portfolios to bridge the digital divide?

Critical 12-18 months?

After attending a few e-portfolio conferences, the last one being the Canadian ePortfolio in Vancouver, I am amazed at the level of interest in e-portfolios from many countries in all sectors; k-12,higher education etc. Many are questioning whether or not this is a 'flash in the pan' however from what I have picked up I don't think so.

Here in the UK all HEI's will be required by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) to provide students with progress files. The progress file consists of two components; a student transcript, and a Personal Development Plan (PDP). Although there is no requirement for these progress files to be electronic many institutions are choosing to go down the electronic route.

With so many institutions currently implementing/considering some form of e-portfolio I think the next 12-18 months are crucial. In order to create a tool that truly influences pedagogy, becoming a lifelong learning aid, it is important people share ideas and work together creating systems that communicate and compliment each other. Sharing experiences, both positive and negative, will enhance the development cycle of the e-portfolio.

April 26, 2004

AERA 2001 Paper on ePortfolios: "I Just Did It To Get It Done - The Transformation of Intentions in Portfolio Assessment in Teacher Education"

Michelle Lamberson kindly pointed me towards this paper. It is certainly an interesting read.

Download paper (PDF)

April 23, 2004

ePortfolio Canada review

Thanks Jeremy for being so much more organised than me! Jeremy has posted an excellent review of the recent ePortfolio Canada event in Vancouver.

Jeremy Hiebert's headspaceJ -- Instructional Design and Technology

April 22, 2004

eportfolio presentation

I have posted my ePortfolio presentation given at the recent Canadian ePortfolio conference, Vancouver. Download

All the other presentation from the ePortfolio Canada conference are available from the LIFIA website. LIFIA ePortfolio presentations

April 16, 2004


I am wondering what opinions people have regarding ownership of ePortfolios. Who "owns" the ePortfolio? In my opinion the student "owns" the artifacts and the institution owns the system.

April 05, 2004

new portfolio project added

I have just added another project to the ePortfolio project and initiatives database. This initiative shows some good work going on at the Queensland University of Technology. If anyone is working on an ePortfolio project that I have not included in the database, please let me know and I will add it. I am wanting to build an exhaustive list of all ePortfolio activity around the world. You can search the database by going here.
visit queensland site