The E-Portfolio is a way for students to track their learning and explore potential areas for improvement whist at the same time identifying their strengths.
For this course, students will additionally use the E-Portfolio to demonstrate achievement and progress against assessment criteria.
The E-Portfolio is therefore a platform for reflection on development, and for showcasing and demonstrating achievements for assessment purposes i.e. uploading documents as evidence. In the learning materials in this course e.g. video clips, readings, diagrams, the term ‘artefacts’ is sometimes used to mean ‘evidence’.
It is important to note, that in the Associate Degree Programs, the focus is on the process of reflection and developing the portfolio itself, including the selection of the most relevant items for evidence.
It is not on judging the overall presentation of the ‘end product’ i.e. The WordPress theme and design. The YouTube clip below talks about E-Portfolio’s and how they are reflective of the University College vision and reasoning for their use.
What is an ePortfolio | 2:27mins
Students’ E-Portfolios will ideally provide reflections around experiences, abilities, interests, values, and life aspirations (school, work and personal). They should contain reflections on learning progress as well as any plans for personal and professional development or changes in goals. Students are encouraged to embed artefacts (or evidence) to support the reflections.
Some examples of artefacts or ‘evidence’ to support your reflections include, but are not limited to:
- Electronic files
- Multimedia files, particularly video clips or podcasts
- Journal entries and blogs
- Career and education documents (e.g. personal profiles, resumes, career and education plans, student learning plans, personalised business cards)
- Screen shots or links to professional profiles
- Diagrams Scans of various planning tools and techniques (e.g. business plans, SWOT’s, 5 WHY’s, Mind maps, Ven Diagrams, PowerPoints)
Any ‘evidence’ uploaded must be directly relevant to your learning, knowledge, skills and/or development and highlight ‘who you are, ‘where you feel you are currently at’, ‘where you are going’, and ‘how you plan to achieve your goals’.
In conclusion, the portfolio is for 1. Learning and Reflection and 2. Showcasing and Accountability as the Diagram below well illustrates.