What’s an e-portfolio?
In the context of education and training, an e-portfolio is a portfolio based on electronic media services. It consists of a personal digital record containing information such as a personal profile and a collection of achievements, information on which different services can be provided to the owner of the portfolio and the people and organizations to which the owner has access.
There are four broad purposes of e-portfolio:
1. Assessment portfolio: to show that the user can achieve certain outcomes.
2. Presentation portfolio: to show what a user can do.
3. Personal development planning: space in which learners can way up their achievement and look at their future plans and how they might achieve those future plans.
4. Personal learning: a space where learners can bring together all their learnings, a record of lifelong learning.
Drivers of change: more student centered pedagogic approaches, more flexible programs, a greater emphasis on lifelong learning, competence based assessment. e-portfolios reflect changes and respond to changes in the way which young people using technology for learning but changes in the way we see teaching and learning in our society today They should largely be owned by the learner and that means that the owner decides who they share their portfolios with and that’s a key prince of e-portfolios.
Reflection on learning is critical to the development of an e-portfolio, and opening up the e-portfolio -although it raises some security implications- to your peers to other people is one of the central ways of getting the feedback which is so important for that reflection to take place. An e-portfolio should contain all learning: the key to a good e-portfolio is bringing together, collecting and reflecting on learning from all those different contexts.
Development of reflection may work best in project based learning and when reflection is linked to activities. We have to move from assessment for learning to assessment of learning: a formative assessment that would involve changing forms of assessment. We need to move away from exam based assessment towards peer assessment and group based assessment. E-portfolio should be the place that assessment for learning could take place. The e-portfolio should have different spaces and software services for different purposes.