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Large-scale eportfolio implementation: brand new case studies and toolkit from JISC

If your higher or further education institution or professional body is planning on implementing eportfolio-based practice then you’ll find these new resources, recently published by JISC, very useful.

Following an extensive investigation by Gordon Joyes and Angela Smallwood at the University of Nottingham that I mentioned a while ago, JISC have released an eportfolio implementation toolkit

The toolkit is based on the experiences of 18 institutions (11 in the UK, 4 in Australia and 3 from New Zealand) and the guidance is aimed at practitioners and managers. It aims to help you answer 3 key questions:

  • Why should you use eportfolios?
  • How do we decide what eportfolio to use?
  • What does good implementation look like?

There are examples from FE, HE and one professional body

    To support the release of the toolkit, JISC have also produce videos in which 5 institutions tell their own stories about eportfolios implementation.

    They are available on Youtube or to download from the JISC site.

    Each video has a slightly different perspective on eportfolios use. For example, Southampton Solent Uni’s story focusses on eportfolios supporting career progression and Birmingham City Uni deals mainly with learning, teaching and assessment.

    Here’s the video from Thanet College which includes some discussion about using eportfolios for professional development:

    There’s plenty to get your teeth into! Have a look at the toolkit and videos and share your thoughts in the comments below…

    Video: supporting personal development and employability with #eportfolios

    I recently came across this video by City Univeristy Hong Kong, courtesy of @kl_ever.

    It’s a easy introduction to how eportfolios can help with presenting a person’s skills, knowledge and experience in a meaningful way to an employer as well as supporting their personal development before and after they graduate.

    It would make a great primer for anyone starting to explore the benefits of eportfolios in your institution.

    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? 

    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.