The purpose of the e-portfolio

For my part, the real value of the ePortfolios is in the reflection and the learning. Making the connections between the ePortfolio and learning is paramount.

“The overarching purpose of portfolios is to create a sense of personal ownership over one’s accomplishments, because ownership engenders feelings of pride, responsibility, and dedication.” – Paris & Ayres (1994)

“The e-portfolio is the central and common point for the student experience. It is a reflection of the student as a person undergoing continuous personal development, not just a store of evidence.” (Geoff Rebbeck, e-Learning Coordinator, Thanet College, (quoted in JISC, 2008)

The whole purpose(s) behind asking students to keep ePortfolios must be developed in collaboration with all involved — the teacher, the student, the parent. The purposes need to be clear, and uppermost in the development of the ePortfolio — if there is no real reason for doing something, then the act of doing it needs to be questioned.

Our purposes for our student ePortfolios include:

  • reflective thinking and goal setting
  • personalising learning
  • development of formative assessment
  • student voice
  • creativity
  • building a learning community
  • celebrating success
  • collaboration in learning
  • providing a tool to facilitate lifelong learning
  • understanding future steps of own learning

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