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July 13, 2004

Most effective pedagogic technique ever or 21st century cannon fodder processor?

This is an interesting transcript of a recent debate into e-portfolios. I am going to end up sitting on the fence here.

"Andrew moves on by pointing out that there has been no evidence of actual learners being consulted or showing an interest in the whole development."

Despite the commentary pointing out many such students appeared in the audience, I feel there is a staggering lack of research from the learners perspective.

I agree with Jeremy when he says "What worries me is the political undertone to the criticisms of portfolios."

From the pro's I really like this argument:

"Rob also points out that an ePortfolio is a key tool in the social inclusion agenda. By making both formal and personal development achievements truly portable across different institutions and life stages, the barrier-to-entry of learning becomes that much lower. It should also help fit learning to someone's situation rather than the other way round."

Listening to many of the arguments over the past few months - I am finding e-portfolios seem to be causing more concern about security than anything else I have spoken to people about - why? Yes I agree any e-portfolio system has to be run with the best security available but is someone's e-portfolio any more important than their heath records, bank details, credit history, current student records which institution already hold? To me the argument of security is a get out clause - it isn't an argument. It is a fact that all online activity needs to address but never a reason not to proceed.

This is an interesting read and I feel the e-portfolio community will benefit from more such debates. Thanks guys.

Most effective pedagogic technique ever or 21st century cannon fodder processor?


July 05, 2004

Sliding wedge of concern

There is a 'sliding wedge' of concerns for undergraduates about academic and employment skills. It is important for the e-portfolio to be able to handle this and enhance the experience no matter what stage the learner is at.

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July 01, 2004

Interesting portfolio questions

Thanks Helen for pointing people towards this interesting article on the yahoo group dedicated to e-portfolio discussion, eportfolios - Electronic Portfolios in Education.

Portfolios, the Pied Piper of Teacher Certification Assessments: Legal and Psychometric Issues

I found this article really interesting, it was refreshing to read another slant on portfolio use. Although the article is about portfolios and not e-portfolios I still feel it was relevant. In particular six questions posed:

  • How representative is the work included in the portfolio of what students really do?

  • Do the portfolio pieces represent coached work? Independent work? Group work? Are they identified as to the amount of support students receive?

  • Do the evaluation criteria for each piece and the portfolio as a whole represent the most relevant or useful dimensions of student work?

  • How well do portfolio pieces match important instructional targets or authentic tasks?

  • Do tasks or some parts of them require extraneous abilities?

  • Is there a method for ensuring that portfolios are reviewed consistently and criteria applied accurately?