Posted by: marggran | August 8, 2010

E-Portfolios

A simple description for an e-portfolio as provided by the Australian Flexible Learning Framework (Framework) is:

“An e-portfolio is a learner-driven collection of digital objects demonstrating experiences, achievements and evidence of learning. E-portfolios provide learners with a structured way of recording their learning experiences and work history. E-portfolios can be developed quickly and easily in the workplace to capture live evidence through the use of mobile phones and point-of-view devices, and can include a range of digital evidence such as audio, video, photographs and blogs.”

A great deal of research and activity during the last three years has centred around the use of e-portfolios to support learner activity, especially in the VET sector.  A wealth of resources directly related to this activist is to be found on the Framework’s E-Portfolio Business Activity website.

The eportfolios Australia Conference will be held in Melbourne of 3-4 November 2010.

I have submitted a proposal to showcase 2 examples of the use of Mahara as an e-portfolio tool:

  • the activities being undertaken by Cemons Skills Centre in using Mahara to develop student portfolios of work undertaken in the workplace
  • the activities associated with the Australian Computer Society’s PICT Program as part of the professional internship undertaken by post-graduate international IT students in preparation for placement in the Australian workforce.

Future blogs in this space will bring together information and resources in preparation for this presentation.

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Responses

  1. Yes, but the two examples you cite are hardly ePortfolios. Where is the peer-review or mentoring? Where are the feedback tools or reflection on learning?

    I’d love to chat with you further.

    See my links via my blog.

    Kind Regards,
    Ray T

    • Hi Ray
      Thank you for your response. As you say, the links I have provided are not e-portfolios in themselves, they were simply links to the organisations that are currently using Mahara as their e-portfolio application. I intend to build a description of each of these uses and provide some reflection on their usage as I prepare my presentation of these two case studies. The blog is merely a space for putting my musings into substance.

      As this presentation is one showcasing these 2 case studies, a peer review is not required in this instance. Hopefully, discussion and useful feedback will result at the conference.

      Kind regards

      Margaret G


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