Another ULearn08 Assessment for Learning and ePortfolios workshop activity involved workshop attendees completing a quick PMI of our old ePortfolios created in iWeb.
I have used Wordle to share the results.
The plus. Nice to see students and parents up there as coming to the front of the positives, as well as a variety of learning examples.
The minus. This sums it up really: time comsuming, issues over access to computers and eportfolios for updating, and access to published eportfolios for feedback.
The interesting. Not really highlighting anything, without an attached explanation.
It is always good to get an outside view of what is happening. Often we are so use to something that we don’t see the downside. Although wordle is not the most accurate analysis, it does provide a snapshot of ideas.
In this case it was great to see a lot of consistency between these ideas and our own reflective process after using iWeb as our ePortfolio tool.
In my ULearn08 workshop, Assessment for Learning and ePortfolios, I had the attendees complete a couple of questionnaires to get a better picture of where they were at with their eportfolio development. Made in Google Docs, these forms are super easy to make and share.
Interesting as a snapshot or cross-section of the conference goers.
And in answer to the question: What is the one thing that you would like to know of take away from this workshop? here is a sample of the ideas and questions posted.
- To be able to implement e-portfolios within my school
- Ideas for the setting up of eportfolios
- Practical examples for implementing, management strategies, PD requirements
- Software available to create e-portfolios.
- Examples of e-portfolios.
- Interactivity from school to home. Ability for students to be able to access and edit work from home in a safe and secure way.
- Examples of others eportfolios
- Some ideas for starting along the eportfolio track
- The most appropriate software to support e-portfolios,
- The possibility and options for ePortfolio for our school, or even just pioneering in my class.
- How eportfolios are managed and shared with parents & whanau
- How to manage ePortfolios with Junior 0 – 2 students so that they are authentic, student-centered, but manageable for teachers
- How to keep the portfolios as an assessment tool eg feed forward comments etc, use of rubrics for work
- Successful stories of using them
- Mistakes you have made that we by knowing about will not make
- What are e-portfolios and how/why should our school implement them?
- The value of e portfolios as a tool for assessment and improving outcomes
- Ideas of how you have set these up (what is included) and how you have allowed access to staff, student and parent access
It is really interesting to see so many of the questions that our school had also asked as we began our initial exploration into ePortfolios. Unfortunately, there is no one solution fits all.
I really enjoyed the workshop and a big thank you goes to those that attended for your participation in these questionnaires.
Links to activities for uLearn08 workshop Assessment for Learning & ePortfolios.
Please do not complete any of the surveys until during the workshop!
Activity 1: Your ePortfolio Story
Activity 2: 2007 ePortfolio PIMS
Activity 3: Portfolios – Assessment of or Assessment for Learning?
Activity 5: Student ePortfolios