The following documents were created with the Macintosh version of a new product called LecShare Pro which converts PowerPoint slide shows into these different formats: QuickTime, MPEG-4 (podcast), Accessible HTML, and Microsoft Word (without audio for handouts). I created a two new versions of my portfolio with 19 and 27 minutes of audio narration, using PowerPoint and Lecshare, converted the whole thing into the following formats:

Brief Version (without Artifacts - 19 minutes - 24 slides)

QuickTime (720x540 plus captions) (12MB) Artifacts Only - HTML with links (no audio)
MPEG-4 Podcast for video iPod (16 MB) Accessible HTML - (no links with audio)

Reflection on the Process

This is the 26th version of my portfolio since I began my "Online Portfolio Adventure." I authored the portfolio in PowerPoint and then created the different versions linked above. In addition to using LecShare, I also used the "Save as Web Page..." command in PowerPoint. The Lecshare HTML version (with audio and notes) did not create hyperlinks that I had created in the PowerPoint file; the PowerPoint-created HTML version includes the hyperlinks. The reflection below is also part of the audio narration at the end of the video versions.

Since I copied the pages from the GoogleDocs version of my portfolio, I was able to reconstruct my portfolio in less than an two hours, copying and pasting the information, although the fine tuning the formatting took more time. As with all of my other portfolio, all of my artifacts are documents already stored on one of my websites, so I did not have to upload any documents. I think this program is a viable tool for presenting my portfolio with links to online word processing documents that are converted into HTML of PDF, or to videos that are online.

I copied the text captions into the Notes section of the PowerPoint document, maintaining the reflections on each artifact and collection. These notes served as the script for recording the audio track. I also found that when I created a video with "Quick Caption" the notes appeared as subtitles on the video, and were fairly close to the recorded audio, except where I deviated from the script/notes as I recorded.

PowerPoint has the potential to offer interactivity, since each slide can have comments added. I was able to add links by simply copying from another portfolio. This tool would work for formative assessment (providing teacher and/or peer feedback on student work) but not for summative assessment. But the process for adding comments and feedback would need to be agreed upon with the approved collaborators with the PowerPoint tool. The major advantage of PowerPoint is that it is ubiquitous and can be easily converted later to a Web 2.0 tool, which would make the portfolio more universally available through a WWW browser.

The Lecshare software allows recording audio directly, slide by slide, into a file. As I am trying to demonstrate here, this option should work very nicely with ePortfolios created in PowerPoint. Students could do audio reflections on their portfolios with this tool, then convert them for either WWW, DVD or CD publishing.

I created this portfolio as part of my study of different authoring tools. But using PowerPoint allowed me to experiment with a tool that I have previously discouraged, primarily because of the earlier problems with hyperlinks breaking when pressed to CD, as well as limited space for reflection on the slides. However, by using the Notes section as a script for narration, allowing the relatively easy addition of voice to portfolios, an element that I think is essential, I think this process could be very useful in a variety of settings, within both educational and life wide applications. Furthermore, with all of the tools available to convert PowerPoint files into other formats increases the flexibility for publishing these portfolios in a variety of tools, from PC-based CDs, DVDs and the WWW to iPods and eventually cell phones. I can hardly wait to see the next technologies and potential formats.

First Version (with Artifacts - 27 minutes - 48 slides)

QuickTime (640x480) (11.6 MB)

QuickTime (320x240 plus captions) (8.6 MB)

MPEG-4 Podcast for video iPod (320x240) (20 MB)

Accessible HTML (no links, with audio)

Microsoft Word Handouts (no audio) (638K)

PowerPoint export to Web Page (with links, no audio)

©2007, Helen C. Barrett, Ph.D, - updated June 4, 2007