Monday, November 12, 2007
Categorizing ePortfolio Systems
- Individual & Institutional
- Authoring Tools - These are tools that can be used to author portfolios (offline), but require web server space to publish online. Portfolios created with these tools can also be published on CD-R or DVD-R. No Interactivity. [Mozilla Composer; Dreamweaver, FrontPage or any web authoring tool; Apple's iWeb; Powerpoint & Lecshare Pro; Adobe Acrobat; MovieMaker2, iMovie, or any video editing tool]
- Static Web Services - These are static web services that an individual or institution may use to create and publish a presentation portfolio - little or no interactivity* (Web 1.0) [GeoCities; eFolio Minnesota; Tripod; Digication; KEEP Toolkit; GooglePages]
- Interactive Web Services - These are dynamic web services that an individual or institution may use to create and publish a presentation portfolio AND allows interactivity* (Web 2.0) [WordPress (blog); WikiSpaces; PB Wiki; GoogleDocs - Document and Presentation; ZOHO Writer; EduSpaces (Elgg)]
- Software - Server Required - These are systems that an institution would install on their own server to provide space for hosting portfolios. Interactivity* but NO data management system** [Userland's Manila; Blackboard (old: Content System and new: Vista/CE); Open Source tools: Elgg, Mahara, Moofolio, OSPI, MyStuff (U.K.); open source Content Management Systems: Plone, Drupal; Microsoft SharePoint]
- Hosted Services - These are systems that an institution adopts (no server required) that host portfolios. Usually supports interactivity* but limited (or unknown) data management** or reporting systems. [MyEport (Maricopa); Think.com (K12 school accounts only); nuVentive's iWebfolio; ePortaro; Pupil Pages (K12); Epsilen; My eCoach]
- Assessment Systems - Hosted Services - These are hosted systems that an institution would adopt (no server required) that will allow hosting portfolios, facilitates interactivity, and includes a data management** and reporting system for assessment [TaskStream; College LiveText; Chalk & Wire; FolioTek; nuVentive's TracDat]
** Data management system allows collection of evaluation data about portfolios,
and can produce reports aggregating quantitative data
As I look at this list, the level of individual personalization and creativity is roughly in the same order; the most creativity for the portfolio developer is in the first category, and the least is in the last, although there are exceptions (many of the Web 2.0 services allow a lot of creativity).
have you heard about the open source eportfolio product created in NZ by one of the elearning collorative development fund projects? you have probably taken a peek already.
You can download the software and find out about the project at:http://eduforge.org/projects/mahara/
Drupal can also aggregate data about portfolio use. Using code that already exists virtually any piece of content within a Drupal site can be aggregated, remixed, and exported as a csv, doc, or via rss -- and all of these mechanisms can be secured behind role-based access control.
Also worth mentioning is this white paper at Microsoft (pdf) http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/events/educause/docs/EducauseWhitepaper.pdf
SharePoint started as a document store, but 2007 is much more robust. We agree with your criteria above, and SharePoint can facilitate this: "...the important factor for me is the ability to reflect on my work, and to organize and personalize the "look and feel" of my portfolio... Can interaction between learners and teachers be facilitated (i.e., feedback on work used for formative assessment)."
Let me report back with links to some examples.
PS. What about Google Notebook for your list of tools?
I attend WSU and am a grad student. I use Sharepoint to host my ePortfolio and I think it covers all the needed functions. It is dynamic and very useful.
Here is a link to my ePortfolio if you'd like to see an example:
Also, I've created some instructional material for creating ePortfolios in MS Sharepoint. Feel free to check them out and share with anyone who could use them!
Hope to lear from you,
Here is a site that has some short videos on creating ePortfolios for learning using SharePoint.
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