Eportfolios Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of the Introduction To ePortfolios.

Below is a clip reinforcing “The purpose/primary use of e-portfolios”.

PLEASE NOTE: Start video at 2:26 - 3:24 seconds. The entire video is a bit long and dry but this one minute is a nice reinforcement of ‘primary purpose’.

Portfolio Development

The emphasis of the portfolio development for the University College Associate Degree programs will be on the student as a self-directed learner. As ‘constructivism’ is the approach that typically underlies web-based courses (Bangert, 2004), students will be expected to construct their own ideas and solutions through the e-portfolio. The students interact the most with the content and experiences to gain understanding and therefore can construct their own reflections and solutions about events. Students will have autonomy and be expected to use their own initiative and creativity to construct knowledge. Story telling through reflection and seeking feedback from others is a useful technique in knowledge construction.

“From a broader perspective, ePortfolios fall within a learning theory known as social constructivism. That theory proposes, in part, that learning happens most effectively when a student constructs a system of knowledge for himself, rather than simply having information presented to him. Additionally, the theory proposes that another determinant of effective learning is that it happens in a social context – that is, we construct our knowledge through dialogue and interactions with others. With ePortfolios, the process of reflection originates as a solo activity, but becomes social through a feedback loop, as the student’s instructor, peers, mentors, and even family members respond to and provide commentary on those reflections. In this regard, making and then sharing an ePortfolio with others is somewhat like telling a story: the story of one’s journey of learning.”(University of Waterloo, 2017)

If you are interested in more theory on E-Portfolios please read the following:

WordPress Tutorials

Please watch the following videos to set up your Wordpress account. If you would prefer to read notes then click the buttons below.

Wordpress beginner notes || Wordpress Written Guide

Creating An Account | 3:28 Mins

Home Page Basics | 6:56 Mins

Layout Of Portfolio | 6:04 Mins

Setting up pages in the portfolio | 17 mins

Uploading Your Personal & Professional Profile | 3:36 Mins

A tutorial will be provided to students on how to set up their WordPress webpage at a time to be confirmed. Further support is in planning and we anticipate that on campus drop in sessions will be held to ensure students have the information they need to start creating their own webpage. We encourage all students to embrace this opportunity to develop their own portfolio, personalise it and benefit from it through use in the real world following completion of the associate degree.

In the first few weeks of the course, students are not expected to have their portfolio fully developed. The focus is purely on setting up the page and the basic tabs. Then on developing a personal profile.

Please ensure you request assistance if you need it and don’t hesitate to make contact as soon as you encounter any challenges with using the software (if you do).

Readings & References

Stefani, L., Mason, R., and Pegler, C. (2007). The educational potential of e-portfolios: Supporting personal development and reflective learning. Routledge: Milton Park, Oxin.

Bangert, A. (2004). The seven principles of good practice: A framework for evaluating on-line teaching. The Internet and Higher Education, 7(3), 217-232.

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