Structure of an e-portfolio (1.4)
- ability to design the structure of ePortfolio relevant
to planned objectives;
- understand, that structure may be determined
in high degree by tools used (and not only by the plans of
- ability to choose from acessible tools in context
of goals and objectives to achieve.
After this session the participant will be able to:
a good hierarchical structure of ePortfolio;
- adapt it and
customise it according to necessary context.
Planning of e-portfolios
As we have already noticed, the idea of the
portfolio method is that a learner is directly involved in the setting
of learning goals.
This should ensure a greater interest, engagement and motivation
to achieve said goals. For that, the learners should be also informed
about the goals of the e-portfolio work itself and its assessment
Thus, let us notice that e-portfolio structure should
be subordinate to the e-portfolio goals. Technical structure is derived
logical structure of dependencies between the elements of e-portfolio.
process of e-portfolio creation starts with the stage of planning
which consists of following phases:
- defining the purpose of e-portfolio;
- defining tools and skills one
has which are necessary for e-portfolio creation;
- defining the e-portfolio
reviewer's profile. Only now in this context can one move to the
last phase of e-portfolio
- planning the e-portfolio structure (what should
my e-portfolio contain in order to achieve the desired goals?).
stage we should take into account
the possibly necessary compromise between the ideal structure
of e-portfolio and what tools and skills we have allow for;
and depending on one's own
needs and abilities an existing template can be chosen
at this stage.
After the structure of the e-portfolio has been planned
you can start practical work on it:
- choose the artifacts you want
to use from among the ones you have prepared earlier;
- create new
artefacts if you fine them necessary;
- combine artefacts into the
meaningful and cohesive whole.
Recall different purposes of ePortfolios, according to these
mentioned in Session 1 of Foundation
Module. Get acquainted
with the examples of e-portfolio templates that have been created
using following tools:
Pay special attention to the differences
and similarities in structure. Try to say which of these
are the result of
the e-portfolio's author plans considering
structure and which of the characteristics of specific tools. Think how different
media and tools can affect the structure of e-portfolio being planned. Consider
both opportunities and limitations.
Developing a personal e-portfolio template
Try to design the template of your own e-portfolio. If you
feel competent you can use Mahara software for that. If not
you may prepare the template in any tool you are confident
using. It may even be an ordinary text editor. While working
on it stick to 4 stages of e-portfolio planning process.
Make use of:
- possible applications of e-portfolio,
- existing e-portfolio
templates you know;
- examples of e-portfolios you have seen;
criteria for creating hierarchy.
More fluent participants
should also see through Stages
of Electronic Portfolio Development Process by Dr. Barrett
and to compare her stages of e-portfolio development
proposition. It is build with the help of more advanced methodology than
presented here, with bigger emphasis on the process. It
would be advisable to compare
The above activity is prerequisite for this one. Work in couples
or groups is advisable which ebables reciprocal formative evaluation
of the e-portfolio projects.
As a result of above activity you
have prepared tha project of e-portfolio structure. Show
these plans to persons you work
with in couples or groups. Inform them about the goals you
had in mind while creating them. Evaluate the partner's (or
partners') project. Consider:
- learners' point of view;
- assessors' point of view;
- target group point of view (eg.
- level of detail;
- goals being fulfilled.
You can also make use of Generic
Rubric for Evaluating ePortfolios , E-portfolio
evaluation criteria and indicators etc.
MOSEP Project - http://wiki.mosep.org/Mosep/
The project is managed by the Salzburg
Research Forschungsgesellschaft , if you have any questions or contributions,
please contact the project co-ordinator Wolf