What are ePortfolios?
ePortfolios have multiple purposes and are created from different perspectives according to individual need. Some researchers refer to the learning portfolio, the credential portfolio and the showcase portfolio and they may be for selection or for personal development purposes. Portfolios may be mandatory or voluntary.
In Europe, the development of eLearning technologies and strategies led to the vision of an ‘ePortfolio for all by 2010’ to support the concept of lifelong learning. ePortfolios in education focus on the individual student experience, to demonstrate learning both within the academic setting and in transition to employment.
There are many complex issues facing ePortfolio adopters, not only in terms of technology, intellectual property and privacy, but also in terms of the student experience, the enhancement of learning and the need to determine the extent to which ePortfolios contribute to improved student learning outcomes.
Links to ePortfolio resources
The following resources are drawn from the current ePortfolio projects that AeP project partners are involved in.
Queensland University of Technology http://www.studentportfolio.qut.edu.au
The University of Melbourne http://www.infodiv.unimelb.edu.au/tss/enhance/portfolios.html
Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) http://www.cshe.unimelb.edu.au/people/staff_pages/James/James.html
Peer Review of Teaching Project http://www.cshe.unimelb.edu.au/research/prot.html
The University of New England http://www.une.edu.au/eportfolio/index.jsp
University of Wollongong http://staff.uow.edu.au/eteaching/ePortfolio/index.htm
Centre for Educational Development and Interactive Resources (CEDIR) http://www.uow.edu.au/cedir/
Centre for Integrative Learning http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/integrativelearning
The Centre for International ePortfolio Development http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/eportfolio
Centre for Recording Achievement http://www.recordingachievement.org