Session 5:
Validation of the Foundation Module (0.5)


In this session we focus on our own learning process concerning the e-portfolio concept and method and try to validate our own advancement. This session is self-reflective: We try to prove that learning has taken place and plan our future learning. What does the learner want to achieve and what is achievable given constraints? This can help to choose the following modules or their selection order.



An outcome of the lesson is an updated personal learning plan concerning the learner‘s understanding of e-portfolio basics, the knowledge he needs for creating, maintaining and developing an appropriate e-portfolio that reflects his competencies and the purpose of e-portfolio.


Prerequisite Knowledge

A basic knowledge of e-portfolio-work is needed

Introduction to Validation Process

Validating is the processes of proving – to oneself and to others – learning has taken place – including the abilities and competencies identified and recorded. Validation takes place through evidencing and verification. Evidence is provided by the learner to attest to their own achievement and may be in different forms and media - for instance a picture of a chair they have made or the URL of a web site they have designed. Verification is externally sourced evidence of claimed achievement - for example a letter from a team leader verifying as to performance during a work placement. Validation is not the same as assessing and accrediting.

Validation is referenced against the abilities and competences identified by the learner – not those of an external occupational profile or qualification presenting offers an opportunity to select artifacts from the portfolio to tell a story or make a point. Presentation involves the processes of structuring, visualizing, narrating and re-purposing. Presenting is the bridge between validation and assessment but it is only one of the possible purposes of presentation.

Review of Personal Learning Plan

Are goals and objectives provided to outline learning expectations at the beginning of the course and, where appropriate, at the beginning of each module? Teachers may ask their learners to select their own goals, objectives, content, learning strategies, resources, and evaluation scheme.
* Goals and objectives cover learning content and are related to the program of study.
* Objectives specify learning outcomes related to knowledge, skills, competencies, behaviours, and/or attitudes.
* The accomplishment of objectives should be measurable; therefore, vague words such as “understood” and “realize” are not used.
* Objectives state clearly and concisely what must be done.
* Different levels of outcomes are stated, including those that call for critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
* Goals and objectives provide a discernable sequence of expectations.

The use of portfolios can support personal development planning, career planning and continuing professional development. The rich information contained in the learner archive provides material for reflection and self-evaluation, action planning, goal setting and the identification of personal strengths and weaknesses. Reflection can be integrated into course processes as well as offered outside of programmes in the context of tutorials, appraisals, guidance sessions, and career planning.


Discuss about the Foundation module and possible ways to structure the future work together with other participants. Teachers work in small groups, students work in pairs. The guiding questions are:

  • What are module learning objectives?
  • How knowledge gained in the Foundation module changed the understanding about ePortfolio?
  • What did I learn from this module?
  • What would I need to learn better?
  • How can I update my learning plan now?



Where do you stand? What goals do you like to reach related with competencies and knowledge about e-portfolio work? Please formulate concreate goals and strategies, how you plan to reach them. Additionally, fill out your e-portfolio application with these results.

Professional Development Planning

Higher level and professional learners might be expected to become relatively self-sufficient in the exercise of these skills, but learners with less confidence and experience are recognised to need structured personal development opportunities. This support could be provided by an electronic service – even by sending reflective prompts in text messages – but most commentators regard this as an area in which human interaction remains the gold standard. There are at least as many examples of best practice with paper-based as with electronic systems, all of which will need to be drawn on if learner profiles are to be used successfully for personal development.

Learner creates a list of his/her artefacts using appropriate software: worksheet OpenOffice Calc or Microsoft Office Excel, text processor OpenOffice Writer or Microsoft Office Word, or Content Management Systems (CMS), ePortfolio systems(for example, Mahara). The guides of worksheets, text processors, CMS, e-portfolio software can be found online.


This is an individual task. Please update your learning plan:

  • Estimate your knowledge gaps.
  • Formulate your long time goals and milestones.
  • Name your short time goals, plan artefacts and dates.
  • Complement and improve your learning plan.
  • Provide the updated learning plan.


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