For my part, the real value of the ePortfolios is in the reflection and the learning. Making the connections between the ePortfolio and learning is paramount.
" The overarching purpose of portfolios is to create a sense of personal ownership over one's accomplishments, because ownership engenders feelings of pride, responsibility, and dedication." - Paris & Ayres (1994)
" The e-portfolio is the central and common point for the student experience. It is a reflection of the student as a person undergoing continuous personal development, .not just a store of evidence.".. (Geoff Rebbeck, e-Learning Coordinator, Thanet College, (quoted in JISC, 2008)
The whole purpose(s) behind asking students to keep ePortfolios must be developed in collaboration with all involved - the teacher, the student, the parent. The purposes need to be clear, and uppermost in the development of the ePortfolio - if there is no real reason for doing something, then the act of doing it needs to be questioned.
Our purposes for our student ePortfolios include:
- reflective thinking and goal setting
- personalising learning
- development of formative assessment
- student voice
- building a learning community
- celebrating success
- collaboration in learning
- providing a tool to facilitate lifelong learning
- understanding future steps of own learning
NEXT in this series - The Importance of Reflection