ePortfolio 2.0: using Web 2.0 for Authentic Assessment

Dr. Helen Barrett
ePortfolio & Digital Identity, Montréal
5 May 2008

This page is available at http://electronicportfolios.org/Montreal/
Web Links: Creating ePortfolios with Web 2.0 ToolsePortfolio Mash Up with GoogleAppsGoogle Tools WorkshopCategories of ePortfolio Tools
Online Storage Research (Portfolios in the Cloud)

Workshop Outline








Quickly, easily create a learning journal, documenting growth over time with entries that are date-stamped. WordPress allows additonal pages and sub-pages. Interactivity is maintained through RSS feeds and Comments that can be added. WordPress file limit 3 GB. WordPress blogs can be password-protected. Prescribed order (reverse-chronological) of entries. Does not allow organizing attached files into folders. Limited attachments in Blogger.




Free (for education) online system. Wikispaces allows 2 GB online storage (PBWiki limits 50 MB). All URLs are automatically converted to weblinks. Upload any type of a file, link from any page. Page can be edited by approved members.Discussion link on top of every page .Saves draft pages and keeps versions. Backup recent copies of the pages in HTML (or wikitext) & download archive to hard drive. Allows embedding media and building tables on pages. Does not allow organizing files into folders. Archived version does not save navigation menu. No data management tool, to aggregate assessment data.



Documents, presentations or spreadsheets can be edited by any and all invited members. Maintains a record of all revisions, with identity of author. Interactivity is maintained through comments and co-authoring. Easily embed presentations into blog. Convert all documents to Microsoft Office or OpenOffice or PDF.

Requires high speed Internet access (offline work can be achieved through Google Gears browser add-on). No attachments, only hyperlinks to documents.

Google Pages

pages.google.com Flexibility and creativity in portfolio authoring. Helps students build technology skills. Automatically store pages online. 100 MB limit on uploaded attachments No interactivity.

HTML Editor

many options (free and open source) Flexibility and creativity in portfolio authoring. Helps students build technology skills. Requires web server (unless publishing on CD). High learning curve, difficult to support all students. No interactivity.

Online Storage

A growing number of options available Free and fee-based services available to store documents. Most sites allow emailing links to documents; most assign URI (permalink) to each document. Most sites allow 1-to-5 GB free storage. No presentation authoring tools (only a working portfolio, file repository)

Here are two versions of a diagram developed by Jeremy Hiebert to conceptualize the ePortfolio within a Personal Learning Environment using Web 2.0 tools:

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