The core objectives are that students will be able to:
Understand what portfolios are and why they are used
Create their own portfolio using the blogging platform WordPress
Regular updates to your blog including reflections and supporting evidence for ongoing improvement and assessment
Understand what we mean by ‘evidence’ and what is relevant
Having completed this module, participants will be able to:
o Demonstrate an understanding of the practice and theory behind using e-portfolios
o Demonstrate knowledge of how to apply theory to practice
“Portfolios, in education and personal or professional development, are collections of documents and other objects that can be shown as evidence to support claims a person makes about what they know, what they have achieved and what they can do. As for e-portfolios, a common starting point is that they are simply electronic versions of physical portfolios that contain digital objects instead of physical objects.” [Stefani et al. 2007]
The portfolios for the University College Associate Degrees are electronic collections of evidence that are web-based rather than paper-based, and there is a significant focus on reflective practice (see module 3). There is an emphasis on reflection within the portfolios to ensure students continually review their own experiences and development (personally, academically and professionally). It is anticipated that reflective practice will enhance learning outcomes and understanding.
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.
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:
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.