Monthly Archives: February 2011

Google Apps ePortfolio Roundup

Much of the discussion on Twitter over the last few weeks has been about using Google Apps as a way of building eportfolios and it seems to have generated quite a bit of interest. Here are a few of the bits and pieces that people have been linking to. If there’s more that should be included here, please let me know in the comments or via Twitter


This diagram from Helen Barrett shows how different Google Apps can be integrated to form a coherent eportfolio. See the diagram in its original context for a fuller explanation.

Helen has also compiled a site around the use of Google Apps for eportfolios. It includes case studies, presentations and how to guides.

Clemson Uni in South Carolina has produced a recording of this webinar on their implementation. The presentation is about 33 minutes long followed by questions. Gail Ring, the Director of the ePortfolio prgramme talks about the purpose of their eportfolio programme (2:44), why they chose Google as a solution (15:12), the benefits for staff and faculty (23:10) and their next steps (27:55).

There is also a gallery of some of the Clemson eportfolios.



Digital Media in ePortfolios: advice from JISC

Our JISC Advance sister service JISC Digital Media in Bristol has released a new advice pack for using digital media resources in eportfolios

As well as a concise explanation of eportfolios themselves they give advice on a number of topics:

  • Collecting and selecting.
  • Sharing.
  • Reflecting.
  • Collaborating.
  • Annotating.
  • Presenting.

There’s also some handy tips around using digital media technology more effectively.

The whole site is worth an explore, especially for their guidance on screencasts, capturing audio, video and images. They run regular training sessions and online surgeries as well.


How can ePortfolios Support 21st Century Learning – Netskills Workshop, Newcastle 30th March

[[posterous-content:pid___0]]JISC Netskills is running a workshop called How Can ePortfolios Support 21st Century Learning? on Weds 30th March. It will be held at Newcastle University.

It’s a great opportunity to meet up with fellow practitioners in HE, FE, Public Sector and work-based learning and discuss the issues arising from the implementation and use of eportfolios in different contexts. 

Presenting will be Lisa Gray from JISC as well as several other guest presenters from different institutions who will be sharing their experiences. Confirmed so far are Duncan Gillespie from Dumfries and Galloway College who will be discussing their use of WordPress as an eportfolio platform and Robert Chmielewski from Edinburgh University who has been supporting an institution-wide implementation of PebblePad. More speakers will be announced shortly and I’ll be doing profiles of each speaker nearer the time.

There will also be an opportunity to try out a number of different ePortfolio platforms including Mahara, PebblePad, WordPress and ePET.

Resources and agendas from previous events can be found on our project site. (The agenda for this event may differ slightly from previous ones)

It’s a highly participative event and we will be streaming elements of it online. Places are £50 each.

To book or for more information, visit the Netskills workshop page.

Come along. We’d love to see you.