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Last updated on 21/02/2020

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ePortfolios

Description

ePortfolios are online portfolios which students can use to collect evidence of their learning and experiences. They can be used for assessment and are often closely aligned with embedding employability in the curriculum.

Overview

At Griffith, we use PebblePad Personal Learning Environment as our platform for ePortfolios. 

When using ePortfolios as a learning activity or as an assessment item, the onus is on the student to find, curate and display the content in a way that best meets the requirements but also showcases their personal learning journey and interests. This personalisation is a key aspect in making the use of this tool relevant not only to the students' current learning, but also how they will represent themselves in their future careers.

Considerations

When using ePortfolios, please consider:

  • the skills of your students and yourself in using the technologies to create and review
  • access to the relevant tools for all students - what alternate options are available if a student doesn't have access to the internet?
  • if the purpose for using ePortfolios is clear for your students

ePortfolio tools offer a variety of templates and functionality that would suit various levels of skill in creating and updating.

Enabling Technology

Griffith University is implementing PebblePad Personal Learning Environment as it's preferred ePortfolio platform. PebblePad is a personal learning and assessment system providing ePortfolio, e-assessment and presentation templates to collate and evidence learning and reflections.

Other tools include:

  • Blackboard Portfolios - ePortfolio tool native the to Learning@Griffith LMS
  • Google Sites - free website creation tool with ePortfolio templates available

There are many other ePortfolio tools available on the market, however, for tools that are not hosted and supported by Griffith, please ensure the privacy and possible cost factors are considered when selecting an appropriate solution.

Implement

If ePortfolios are to be used as assessment, criteria or grading rubrics need to be clearly defined and made available for students to help guide their work.  As ePortfolios are constantly updated, consider the method by which the student will submit their ePortfolio for assessment at a given time.  This may include one or more of the following:

  • Students submit a 'point-in-time' snapshot of the ePortfolio site (as is possible in PebblePad)
  • Students screen capture the relevant sections of their ePortfolio and send in the images (pasted into a Word document, for example)
  • Students submit only the specific content (e.g. just their reflective entries in a Word doc and/or other media attachments) .

Your Learning and Teaching Consultant can suggest ways of embedding ePortfolios into your teaching practice. 

Support Resources

Pedagogy Support

Pebblepad (Fact sheet). Getting Started with VLE tools and the Course Design Standards.

Pebblepad (Module). Getting Started with VLE tools and the Course Design Standards.

Contributed by

  • Learning Futures

Licence

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Preferred Citation

Learning Futures (2020). ePortfolios. Retrieved from https://app.secure.griffith.edu.au/exlnt/entry/2687/view