Friday, July 24, 2009
International Development of ePortfolio Model
I recently attended the Eifel/ London Learning Forum conference on e-portfolios, and wrote up some responses and thoughts on a wiki/blog, at: http://learning-affordances.wikispaces.com/Instrumental+and+Ontological+Reflection.
The issue is simply this: I think growth of reflection and e-portfolios has become over-instrumentalised in Higher Education, at the expense of more ontological reflection. There is a powerpoint at the bottom of the page which outlines the disctinction.
Look at this diagram linked belo and replece the VLE with PLE or portfolio...
I've been wrestling (in my mind) with this diagram for some time now.
I assume that it is taken as read that 'Moodle' represents any one of scores of different VLEs. Similarly, the list of 'input tools' must surely also include generic apps such as wordprocessors, spreadsheets etc?
However, the generic 'PLE' should surely include 'share' in terms of what I call 'closed collaboration' ie with selected peers?
Thirdly, in terms of looking for a generic map, I wonder if the three different portfolios should really be grouped together (ie encircled by a dotted line) so as to indicate that it is possible to have these three 'purposes' and others as all outputs from ONE e-Portfolio tool using a pool of common artefacts?
As much as I have criticised HE as assuming the role of 'Judge, Jury and Executioner' of all things related to e-Portfolios - I wonder if there is a danger of being similarly biassed in terms of e-Portfolios for formal education? I'm thinking about the very wide range of other potential users as identified in my recent blog:
The database storage model is the one missing link in making the e-portfolio feasible in all phases of the lifespan, in and out of formal education. There are a number of examples available (Amazon S3, box.net, skydrive, divshare, etc.) that give us early versions of what will eventually be available. All we need is EMBED codes!
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