Ewan McIntosh on “messy” eportfolios: Show your working!

This short piece comes via Nancy Rubin’s blog. It’s Ewan McIntosh talking about the benefits of sharing eportfolios as widely as possible. It’s worth 4 minutes of your time.

He paints a picture of eportfolio use that is “messy”, that shows the learning process as well as the polished outcome and where the results are shared as widely as possible to captalise on opportunities for social learning.

It’s a very different view of eportfolios from the one that Donald Clark was dicsussing a while ago.

It made me think of something that Derrin Kent quoted at a conference last year, that a school child had described an eportoflio as a way to show “how much we’ve grown.” That “growing up” is a story of experiments, false starts, blind alleys as much as the nicely produced showcase of end-points. To get a full picture of learning you need to see both.

What do you think? Should students be showing off “messy” eportfolios to the world? 

5 thoughts on “Ewan McIntosh on “messy” eportfolios: Show your working!

  1. Matt

    Couldn’t agree more Chris. I have for a long time now been a fan of the use of e-portfolios that allow students to show how they’ve come up with their ideas and collaborated with others as this gives a far more complete view of the progression that they’ve made through the work and is completely in support of Assessment for Learning. Have you seen the work that was done as part of reseach project run by Goldsmiths called e-Scape (http://www.gold.ac.uk/teru/projectinfo/) which used the MAPS e-portfolio system to generate storyboard portfolios – very powerful.

  2. Chris Thomson

    Thanks for the comment, Matt. I think we’ve spoken about this project before and it looks very interesting. Might be something we could do a post on.The URL you posted doesn’t link to anything, though.

  3. Theo Kuechel

    Thanks for posting this insightful video Chris. Takes me back to my portfolio when applying for art school, the tutors interviewing were not too interested in the final ‘artworks’ but the sketchbooks, jottings and notes that evidenced thinking and creativity. I think process has always been at the heart of creativity and design, and is fundamental to learning and should be to education. I think what digital adds is a greater opportunity to share.

  4. Chris Thomson

    Cheers, Theo. I guess that’s why watching DVDs with the commentary on is so fascinating, sometimes more so than the film. Knowing what the process was tells you more about the film and the people that made it.Blogs and portfolios should be about creating that personal director’s commentary track.

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