Saturday, November 20, 2004
UBC e-Portfolio Conference
Supporting Reflection in Electronic Portfolios: Blogs, Wikis and Digital StorytellingIt was such a pleasure not to talk about assessment and accountability; it was so refreshing to focus on deep learning supported by reflection. I had a full hour for my presentation, and included more digital stories; it was nice not to feel so rushed, like the half hour that I was allowed in Montreal and France. Following my presentation, there were three panels: three faculty members from UBC sharing their experiences with reflection for transfer learning; three researchers discussing The Learning Landscape (David Tosh, Tracy Penny Light and Helen Chen by video conference); and a wonderful student panel. I understand that video of all of the presentations will be online soon.
This presentation will focus on the role of reflection in electronic portfolios and the tools for scaffolding reflection: blogs, wikis, digital stories and built-in forms. The presentation will cover a brief overview of the literature on reflection and learning (Schon, Dewey, Moon), including some new perspectives on storytelling as reflection on experience to improve learning (McDrury & Alterio), and the role of reflection in brain-based learning (Zull).
This was the first e-portfolio conference that I have attended in the last three years that included the learners' voices. It was very validating to hear these students talk about their e-portfolio experiences. There were many ideas that the students expressed that echoed some of my concerns:
- the commercial tool they used (iWebfolio) was easy to learn but not very creative...not something they would want to show to an employer
- they questioned (resented?) receiving marks for their reflections... they much preferred a "pass/no pass" approach to evaluation
- they needed extrinsic motivation to do the portfolio initially, but were starting to see the value in the process
I share your hope that video of all of the "e-Portfolio Conference: Reflection Is Not a Mirror, It's a Lens" presentations will be online soon. It is a very valuable medium. For example, thanks to such short videos as the ones preserving previous e-Portfolio Conference at the University of British Columbia, namely "Electronic Portfolios: More than a 21st Century Resume" we can catch such details as that one present in Susan Kennedy's "Manager, Student Transitions Branch" ( https://www.elearning.ubc.ca/home/DirCMSSiteContent/documents/eport/2004annualConf/SusanK-T1.mov -- between 00:00:15 and 00:00:25). :-)
With kind regards,
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