In education, a ‘portfolio’ refers to a personal collection of information describing, documenting and recording a person’s achievements and learning. Portfolios are used for many different purposes such as a tool for evaluating leaning, for accreditation of prior experience, for continuing professional development, to assist a job application, or for a certification of competences acquired through a course or from work experience . An educational portfolio is mainly used to encourage personal reflection and involves the exchange of ideas and feedback. Many people have already used some kind of portfolio. Most of them have built a portfolio to collect evidence required to get certificates or to show what they have learned in a concrete situation or training.
In readiness for academic session 2012/13 it was decided to replace the current e-Portfolio system which used WordPress, adapted to allow students to create their own electronic portfolio, but the uptake and extent to which it was being used was disappointing. Feedback from students was gathered and it was identified that students would like a system that incorporates social networking functions, more in keeping with Facebook and other similar social media tools. As student engagement is paramount when implementing an e-Portfolio system it was decided to switch to Mahara which has a mix of social networking functions and word processing features.
E-Learning | Q&A A Balanced Approach to E-Portfolios An e-portfolio pioneer discusses the value that e-portfolios provide in the K-12 learning environment, what's holding them back in the age of standardized assessments, and which tools teachers can use to improve the effectiveness of e-portfolios in their classrooms.
Mahara is a user-centred environment with a permissions framework that enables different views of an e-portfolio to be easily managed.
AndyR March 21st, 2012 As many of you are aware we use Mahara as our e-Portfolio system. The University of Nottingham have released their e-Portfolio Implementation Toolkit (which was funded by JISC) which draws evidence from e-Portfolio implementations across the sector.
Today, we finished the second week of an interpersonal communications course.
#Edchat 05 – 24 – 2011 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST Thank you to Geoff Krall for this wonderful summary of the chat on Porfolio assessment.