How can we create them for learners’ and make the most of them for their own CPD
This Wednesday 26/10/2011 #ELTChat was moderated by Shaun wilden (@shaunwilden) , Bernadette Wall (@rliberni) and Marisa Constatinides (@Marisa_C) . And the topic was E-Portfolios. Many of the participants – including myself – were very excited to learn more about this topic.
An electronic portfolio/e-portfolio: a collection of electronic evidence assembled, usually on the web.
E-portfolos are ways of storing a students’ work etc throughout their education and on into the workplace .
An e-portfolio can be a page, a glogster, or even a whole website.
The idea of an e-portfolio is that it should include representative samples (best really) of a student’s output, such as text, electronic files, images, multimedia, blog entries, and hyperlinks .
E-portfolios are both demonstrations of the user’s abilities and platforms for self-expression.
An e-portfolio can be seen as a type of learning record that provides actual evidence of achievement. The advantage is that students build these as they go along and take them forward from stage to stage – it’s a personal document. A key thing is that the students become accountable and also more responsible for their own evaluation of their growth .
Aside from the benefits to the student, an e-portfolio is also a great help for teachers/institutions who like to keep track on the progress of their students and can provide an efficient means to reinforce shared visions and commitments to its mission.
Here are some of the benefits:
Teachers / Institution
A major use of e-portfolios is for the assessment. The e-portfolio does not make the learning process easier especially if you aren’t a tech savvy, but it does make the whole process much more cost-effective. Plus it’s very friendly for our mother earth.
Many participants agree that on the idea of repository (e.g. posterous) and then another blog to be used as a showcase for best work, though surely your blog is a reflective diary – where E-portfolio is more a showcase of the best of what you do However E-Portfolio has to be maintained over the years to keep track on what has been done and how the progress are.
But of course it is only fair to say n everyone has the opportunity to create online works due to tech availability, willingness, skills, etc
Nevertheless E-Portfolio is a good material to showcase not only to certain community but also to the world of what you have done.
Some memorable tweets
@esolcourses: Best advice I can offer to anyone considering using e-portfolios, is to agree outcomes first with everyone involved #ELTChat
@Marisa_C : Well you all know what portfolios are – #ELTchat, so let’s talk about how they can become e-
@esolcourses: My understanding of e-portfolios is that they are an online body of work that can be used to supplement or replace paper-based mats #ELTChat
@Marisa_C : An e-portfolio can be a page, a glogster, a whole website #ELTchat
@tefltech : I think it’s important to remember who the student will show the portfolio to an for what purpose; job/uni etc? #eltchat
@ rliberni : They are ways of storing a students’ work etc throughout their education and on into the workplace #eltchat
Marisa_C : The idea of an e-portfolio is that it should include representative samples (best really) of a student’s output #ELTchat
@rliberni : The advantage is that ss build these as they go along and take them forward from stage to stage – it’s a personal document #eltchat
@grahamstanley: #eltchat problem being when idea launched, VLEs were used and now examples in the eportfolio literature are mainly dead links
@Marisa_C : An e- portfolio can be created within a wiki tho #eltchat
@Marisa_C : I am encouraging teachers to use Ning or similar e,g. groups to turn their ‘page’ into their e-portfolio #eltchat
@rliberni : A key thing is that the ss becomes accountable and also more responsible for their own evaluation of their growth #eltchat
@NikPeachey : Really, you can use any tool for e-portfolio -even .doc power is in encouraging reflection #eltchat
@mmgrinberg : Sorry for my ignorance, but how’s an e-portfolio different from just a bunch of stuff online? Is there a set structure? #eltchat
@PrettyButWise: Can e-portfolios measure the progressing of the learner language ?#eltchat
@grahamstanley: problem using Moodle or any non learner-owned site for E-portfolio = when learner leaves your organisation #eltchat
@tefltech : it comes back to who the Students will show it to and for what purpose. We’re looking at helping Students build linkedin profiles as an E-portfolio #eltchat
@grahamstanley : I think eportfolio idea is a perfect opportunity to promote learner autonomy #eltchat
@mmgrinberg: Looks like I’m a bit stubborn today. Why is an e-portfolio better than a well-organized notebook + folder with files? #eltchat
@Marisa_C: I think it would be nice to try livebinders for an e-portfolio – I am practicing now #ELTchat
@cherrymp: if E-portfolio extends over years then it becomes dynamic #eltchat
@iTDipro: anyone ever tried using Facebook for Students portfolios? The new-ish closed list possibilities might make this feasible. #eltchat
@grahamstanley :CEFR model is interesting to look at: eportfolio = 1) dossier (i.e. a repository) 2) passport 3) biography #eltchat
@grahamstanley: #eltchat another good tool to use for an eportfolio is a wiki – put all there and easily choose what you decide to showcase on front page
Some great resources:
- From Cambridge esol http://t.co/i3DWEYyX #ELTchat
- My E-Portfolio page by @cybraryman1: http://t.co/nU0tPIaH
- About teacher e-portfolios by @ozge http://t.co/4iPnEE18
- All kinds of e-Portfolios for discussion purposes – http://t.co/QDeZOkgZ
- IfL Reflect resource, document of CPD http://t.co/sZcZHrjY
- @isilboy’s article on eportfolios http://t.co/3PQe4HCY
- Ray Tolley’s research on e-portfolios http://t.co/HoLCASOv
- E-portfolios http://t.co/R0fdsD8X
- Link to British Council CPD framework: http://t.co/jKrbTovF
- Intersting post on bPortfolios (Blog as Portfolio) http://t.co/90ddsRJmand
- bPortfolios:Blogging for Reflective Practice http://t.co/nhRrfsXl
- by @mike08 ;a presentation on E-portfolios at #istek in 2010 –http://t.co/uuLKcMSO
- Teacher E-portfolio http://t.co/xXDNy1aW
- Another interesting link to explore http://t.co/U3n7yHS1
- By @yearinthelifeof A day in the life of an ELT conference presenter http://t.co/cS5CD9l9
- by @ozge ‘s wiki – places to explore http://t.co/5EcXdbED
- Virtual CV http://t.co/fdGw1ic9
- By @CeciELT’s blogpost on e-portfolios http://t.co/wqo2yNFD
- E-Portfolios Back on the Agenda Again” – useful links to sites for hosting themhttp://t.co/wm02PzwU
- @CeciELT’s #RSCON3 presentation “Alternative Assessment and Eletronic Portfolios” http://t.co/8g9YQnSO
With all these great links and great explanation, I believe that there’s a chance that E-Portfolio can play an important role our education system. Thanks so much to the fabulous moderators; Shaun Wilden (@shaunwilden), Bernadette wall (@rliberni) and Marisa constantinides (@Marisa_C) for another great Wednesday and as always I’d like to end it with the tweet of the day:
@janetbianchini: I see Portfolios as a living embodiment of so’s work – almost like an eternally evolving CV in fact #ELTchat
See you guys next Wednesday!
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