CORE Breakfast Seminar on ePortfolios

ePortfolio presentation given at a CORE Education Breakfast Seminar.

Some of the main points from the presentation:

  1. clarify your purpose (pedagogy) before your technology (eportfolio tool)
  2. the eportfolio becomes the vehicle for drawing in the components of effective pedagogy and assessment
  3. engage all stakeholders in discussion about the purpose and expectations surrounding eportfolios
  4. the eportfolio learning process is complex and cyclic, mirroring our expectation of teachers engaging in teaching as inquiry
  5. quality feedback, reflection and next steps are integral for eportfolios to support learning and attainment of goals

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Graham Attwell: Rethinking e-Portfolios

I have got a lot of time for Graham Attwell’s thoughts around eportfolios. I referenced his article e-Portfolios – the DNA of the Personal Learning Environment? in my ePortfolio research. He also contributed to the MOSEP (More Self-Esteem with my ePortfolio) project which is well worth a look.

Hot off the wire is his current thoughts around eportfolios, discussing such questions as these:

Is an e-Portfolio intended as a space for learners to record all their learning – that which takes place in the home or in the workplace as well as in a course environment or is it a place or responding to prescribed outcomes for a course or learning programme?
How much should an e-Portfolio be considered a tool for assessment and how much for reflection on learning?
Can one environment encompass all of these functions?

And such technologies as OSPI, Elgg and Mahara. Further discussion involves Mash Up Personal Learning Environments and research looking at the value of light weight widgets for promoting reflection that can be embedded in existing e-learning programmes.

All interesting stuff and worth a couple of minutes of your time.

#assessment #ePortfolios #GrahamAttwell #mashups

Social Networks and Interactive Portfolios

TEDx Talk. Dr. Helen Barrett on Social Networks and Interactive Portfolios: Blurring the Boundaries.

Electronic Portfolios have been with us for more almost two decades, used primarily in education to store documents and reflect on learning, provide feedback for improvement, and showcase achievement for accountability or employment. Social networks have emerged over the last five years, used by individuals and groups to store documents and share experiences, showcase accomplishments, communicate and collaborate with friends and family, and, in some cases, facilitate employment searches. The boundaries between these two processes are gradually blurring. As we consider the potential of lifelong e-portfolios, will they resemble the structured accountability systems that are currently being implemented in many higher education institutions? Or are we beginning to see lifelong interactive portfolios emerging as mash-ups in the cloud?

#ePortfolios #HelenBarrett #TED

ePortfolios at Learning@School Conference

If you are interested in ePortfolios then the annual Learning@School conference in Rotorua should suit you well.

There are 11 breakouts that have a major focus or have reference to the use of eportfolios:

  1. Earlybird: ePortfolio’s made easy! Brendon Muir
  2. Earlybird: Dancing on the Same Page. Chrissie Butler
  3. Breakout 1: e-Portfolios: A Case Study. Belinda Johnston
  4. Breakout 3: ePortfolios 101. Nick Rate
  5. Breakout 3: The Three aspects of an effective School Website that increase 21st Century Pedagogy. Tim Berends
  6. Breakout 4: ePortfolios – A Showcase of Practice. Nick Rate
  7. Breakout 4: Powerful Learning Journeys – Using Digital Story Telling within an ePortfolio to show the learning process. Ian Fox & Lenva Shearing
  8. Breakout 5: Room 17 Voices: Eportfolios and the Online Classroom. Erin Freeman
  9. Breakout 5: The LMS Gateway to learning and Assessment. Mark Treadwell
  10. Breakout 5: The Open Source School. Mark Osbourne
  11. Breakout 6: Laying the Groundwork: producing a realistic and relevant strategy for online learning. Stuart Armistead

Doing a bit of self promotion, I am really excited about the ePortfolios – A Showcase of Practice breakout. I have managed to bring together 5 current practitioners of eportfolios who will be sharing their experiences, beliefs and examples of implementing eportfolios in their schools. They are:

  1. Deb Cowan. Director of eLearning & Teacher, Russell St School, Palmerston North.Chrissie Butler
  2. Ministry of Research, Science and Technology Teacher Fellow 2010, and former BLENNZ (Blind and Low Vision Education Network NZ) cluster facilitator.
  3. Sharron Eagle. Teacher, Rotorua Girls High School Childcare Trust.
  4. Belinda Johnston. Facilitator/Director, EastNet ICTPD Cluster, Elm Park School
  5. Jamin Lietz. ICT Lead Teacher, Bethlehem College, Tauranga

You guys are awesome! Thanks for agreeing to share your experiences!

The aim was to represent a cross section of schools, tools and beliefs. Unfortunatley, was not able to get a high school represented but am aiming to repeat this breakout or one very similar at ULearn10 so here is a call out to a high school who would be willing to show and tell! All suggestions welcome.

#ePortfolios #LS #LearningSchool

More ePortfolio Graphs

I was motivated to try and visually represent what I had written in a post in the ePortfolios in NZ Google Group thread. Here’s some of what I said:

“…Your example of scanning learning and now moving towards HTML templates illustrates this. Over time you also want or need to readdress your criteria, purpose and vision, especially if you are in a scenario where other classes are using paper. It is more than likely that your views and thoughts are expanding at the same time as your understanding grows due to an increased awareness of the technology capability, student/teacher capability and allignment to learning, and much more rapidly than for those with paper based portfolios…”

The attempt to visualise this into another eportfolio graph is below. The basic idea being that the more experienced you are in implementing eportfolios the more dynamic they are due to the teacher continually refining and developing the implementation.

Not rocket science really. The second graph below includes a reference to paper based portfolios. There are probably a few people who don’t agree with my view here that there are generally a static document in terms of how they change over time…

The graphs aren’t perfect and the terminology is not quite right. As with most posts in this blog I am just unpacking and reflecting on ideas running around in my head.

It is pretty full at the moment as there are two more graphs brewing. One is to try and show the relationship between the ownership and formative nature of an eportfolio and the other the place of feedback in a portfolio within the bigger picture of learning.

I get a lot of inspiration from Jessica Hagy who’s site thisisindexed.com is full of great visual representations of life and thinking relationally. I would love to be able to create such simple graphs that are yet so informative. Here’s an example:

#ePortfolios #graph

ePortfolios in NZ

Jamin Lietz has initiated a thread in the MLE Google Group entitled ePortfolios in NZ.

He notes the purpose of the group:

It is my desire to establish a network with those who are using ePortfolios this year as a tool to enhance teaching and learning. I hope that together we can share good practice, research findings, our  journey, etc.

I would encourage anyone to dive on in there and participate in the ongoing discussions.

Some notable eportfolio personnel have participated already including Dr Helen Barrett, the global eportfolio guru, and Ian Fox the local NZ portfolio legend.

Thanks Jamin!

#HelenBarrett #GoogleGroup #NewZealand #IanFox #ePortfolios