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Discussions - ePortfolios and PLTs | Google Groups - 0 views

    This is a Google group about ePortfolios - looks like some interesting discussions may be happening here.
Jeff Cross

Pontydysgu - Bridge to Learning » Blog Archive » More from John Pallister on ... - 1 views

  • Joehn Pallisetr is a UK based teacher who is enthusiastic about e-Portfolios. He blogs now on a group he has set up on Google. If you are interetsted in e-portfolios I recommend that you join.
  • We wanted to provide students with more appropriate ways to store andpresent evidence of their learning, achievements and planning; we developed and introduced ePortfolios. We soon recognised that although the ePortfolio itself was really useful, it was the ePortfolio process that was even more valuable. I came at things from a Personal Development Planning angle and this has influenced my thinking on ePortfolios. So why have I rambled on?  Simply to encourage people to interpret the‘P’ in ILP, as ‘Process’.
Jeff Cross

ePortfolios - Assessment for Learning - 1 views

  • In the right environment the social networking potential of the learning landscape and eportfolio-related tools are features that facilitate and enhance the making of connections and the linking together of people, ideas, resources and learning… (pp. 30)
    • Jeff Cross
      We should get a copy of this "Handbook of Research on ePortfolios"
  • here is certainly a lot more worthwhile reading in the full handbook which contains contributions from over 100 of the world’s leading experts.
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  • One of the main reasons for the decision to change was to use the features and capabilities of Web 2.0, especially the ability to comment and provide feedback and student reflections on learning as it is uploaded, from anywhere.
Jeff Cross

Microsoft Research Launches New Tools for Knowledge Sharing ~ Stephen's Web ~ by Stephe... - 0 views

  • Now Microsoft has added a set of tools, described in detail here, to support use by the scientific community.
    • Jeff Cross
      This sounds similar to eP - there's a diagram on this page that looks a bit like the collect, reflect, share, etc. diagram. Might want to keep an eye on where this is going - also, we might be able to extend eP to the scholarly community to help groups collect references and co-author articles.
  • It includes a virtual research environment (VRE) to allow research teams to share data, an authoring tool to capture metadata during the authoring process, a hosted e-journal service, a repository
Matt Fisher

Meet Hiroyuki Nishimura, the Bad Boy of the Japanese Internet - 0 views

  • In many ways, the site is a standard Web video portal. What's unique is that the Flash-based video files have an extra interactive layer that lets viewers insert text on top of any clip as easily as if they were typing an instant message, and it displays that comment whenever someone else loads the video.
    • Jeff Cross
      This would be cool for eP. Similar to the previous bookmark about commenting at any point in a sound clip - this lets people markup video with text. I'm really seeing a pattern here - we could crack open all the different artifact types to allow commenting at any point inside, maybe even quicklinking and pulling snippets into other places.
    • Matt Fisher
      Cynthia - what type of LP support would we need for this type of commenting? Would you like me to bring GB in the loop on this or would you like to start from a more technical perspective?
Matt Fisher

Soundcloud expands the audio player - (37signals) - 0 views

  • In order to allow this kind of collaboration, Alex and the guys at Soundcloud could have used a standard player and tossed a comment stream below it. Instead they decided to expand the player and allow commenters to add notes directly inside on the waveform itself. The result is pretty cool. People can post tracks and receive a flurry of comments attached directly to the waves.
    • Jeff Cross
      2 thoughts for eP: 1) Maybe we could integrate this or something like it to have "sound" artifacts that you could comment and tag at certain points 2) More generally, it would be nice to be able to comment "inside" objects at specific places - e.g. on a specific form field, on a specific sentence in a reflection, add a sticky note to a presentation page, etc. Rather like Diigo, really. It would also be cool to do this with tags. Imagine selecting an area in someone's presentation and tagging that area so you could search for it later.
    • Matt Fisher
      I agree that more granular comments would be cool within eP. I do like the model that Diigo has set up - it appears to work nicely.
  • The player spans the full width of the screen, so it’s easier to set the playhead at the exact spot you want. Commentor’s avatars appear in the bottom of the player, and their comments pop up on hover.
Jeff Cross

Center for Teaching, Learning, & Technology: Transforming the Grade Book - 0 views

  • Instructors start the process by defining assignments for their classes and “registering” them with the program
  • The student works the assignment and produces a solution in any number of media and venues, which might include the student’s ePortfolio (we define ePortfolio broadly)
  • The student combines their work with the program’s rubric (in a survey format)
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  • the survey collects a score and qualitative feedback for the student’s work. We are imagining the survey engine is centrally hosted so that all the data is compiled into a single location and therefore is accessible to the academic program
  • the instructor can combine the rubric score of an assignment with the student performance on the assignment to improve the assignment. Instructors might also present this comparison data in a portfolio for more authentic teaching evaluations.
  • They can also learn from giving rubric-based reviews to peers and by comparing themselves to aggregates of peer data.
  • Students can review the data for self-reflection and can use the data as evidence in a learning portfolio.
  • Instructors can use the data (probably presented in the student’s course portfolio) for “grading” in a course.
  • We have imagined a model where the students (in conjunction with their sponsoring country), and interested NGOs, bring problem statements to the program and the program designs itself so that students are working on aspects of their problem while studying.
  • input from stakeholders would be more prominent than in the traditional university course
  • Review of the assignments, and decisions about the rubric, would be done within this wider community (two universities, national sponsors and NGOs)
  • following Downes, learners would present aspects of their work to be evaluated with the program’s rubric, and the institution would credential the work based on its (and the community’s) judging of the problem/solution with the rubric.
Jeff Cross

Finally… ePortfolios, Social Networking, and Blogs for students - 1 views

  • This will give every student the opportunity to store files, create learning groups with forums and dicussions, create multiple blogs, and even create their own “learning dashboard” similar to netvibes or pageflakes.
  • I have no misconceptions that this will probably end up getting a small handful of students in trouble.
Matt Fisher

Angel Expands ePortfolio, Integrates Coursework with LMS : July 2008 : THE Journal - 0 views

  • The new release expands integration with the Angel Learning Management Suite and includes new usability features
Matt Fisher

New ANGEL ePortfolio 2.1 Advances ePortfolio Assessment - 0 views

  • ANGEL ePortfolio 2.1 is even easier to use
  • Tight integration with the ANGEL Learning Management Suite (LMS) enables instructors to implement ePortfolio activities and assessment from within a course
    • Matt Fisher
      Sounds a lot like a line taken from our KEY BENEFITS :)
  • provides students enhanced usability
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  • As learning outcomes and portfolio assessment become increasingly important across the educational spectrum
  • A new ePortfolio drop box in the ANGEL LMS allows instructors to assign ePortfolio work from within the LMS, making it much easier for faculty to incorporate ePortfolio activities and assessment into course curricula. Tight integration with the ANGEL LMS means ANGEL’s comprehensive suite of native tools extends to evaluation and reporting of ePortfolio activities.
    • Matt Fisher
      Okkkay. Are you kidding me ... where did they get this idea from?
  • ANGEL ePortfolio 2.1 and ANGEL LMS 7.3 now sport the same user interface and both use ANGEL’s inline HTML editor
    • Matt Fisher
      This is also something that we talk about in our ePortfolio Overview. The same interface reduces training, etc.
  • User-by-user permissions to view publications give students control over who can access which ePortfolio publications
    develops and markets enterprise elearning software. Our flagship products are the ANGEL Learning Management Suite and the ANGEL ePortfolio system. Our products have been honed by use - with millions
Matt Fisher

E-portfolios signal new digital dawn for universities | The Australian - 0 views

  • We would like to see an environment that encourages e-portfolio practices, and that could be some government support in understanding the inter-operability issue
  • However, there remain concerns over the degree to which "reflective" work in an e-portfolio is assessable. There also are fears that such portfolios could be vulnerable to "cut and paste" plagiarism and invented narratives and reflections. Privacy is another issue, raising questions over whether assessors should have access to the entire e-portfolio and who owns it once a student graduates.
  • An e-portfolio is a process as well as a tool to capture different competencies and capacities
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  • She noted that an e-portfolio helped students to make connections in their learning over time
  • You can tell a more holistic story about a person's development than you might by simply looking at an essay.
Jeff Cross

Creating a Social Portfolio at e-Literate - 0 views

  • I have developed a design theory on how to build social portfolio software.
  • A social portfolio should: Support student ownership Enhance peer learning Focus on ease of use
    • Jeff Cross
      I would say that our product meets all three of these
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  • Below is a walkthrough of my eportfolio software
Matt Fisher

Harold Jarche » Mahara open source e-portfolio - 0 views

  • What makes Mahara different from other ePortfolio systems is that you control which items and what information (Artefacts) within your portfolio other users see.
    • Jeff Cross
      Hey, that's not unique! We do that better!
    • Matt Fisher
      We totally do ... what about presenting artifacts in "different contexts" ... :p
  • Learner control over content access would be one of my essential criteria in selecting an e-portfolio system.
Matt Fisher

Create ePortfolios with the Amazing Acrobat 9 : South Florida Artist Entrepreneurs - 0 views

  • Create ePortfolios with the Amazing Acrobat 9
    • Matt Fisher
      It doesn't appear from this article that comments and assessments can be added by users who the portfolio has been shared to
  • When we think of a traditional portfolio used in education, we may think of a collection of related papers, photos, pamphlets, or brochures organized in a folder or binder. Perhaps it’s a collection of materials that we compile over time to reflect progress and achievement. Now imagine if we add an electronic spin to the traditional definition and focus on the idea of a PDF portfolio; one that you could use to easily weave content together in a portable file format to use, share, and print whatever you need when you need it. That is the essence of the Acrobat portfolio
  • In traditional electronic portfolios an author is usually restricted to a one-size-fits all approach. This may be an HTML, PowerPoint, or MS Word style portfolio, each with its own features and limitations.
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  • Think of the PDF portfolio as an electronic wrapper that can house all types of files. Acrobat 8 introduced this concept with PDF Packages.
  • Files can be organized into logical collections and linked together in a way that makes it easy to navigate, find, and interact with the contents in a variety of useful and creative ways.
  • What’s even better is that all of this can be shared with anyone using the free Adobe Reader 9
  • Acrobat 9 offers some cool new Flash-based portfolio templates.
Jeff Cross

Video Ratings : eLearning Technology - 0 views

  • Imagine being able to search and having one of those search returns be a tag within a video that takes you right to that context within a longer sequence.
    • Jeff Cross
      Any way we could do this with video & audio artifacts in eP? Since we already have a tagging paradigm in place, this would seem like a natural extension.
  • So a tagged section in essence IS chunking the videos. But in the case of Vimeo it's user chunked.
  • Tagging also makes possible a true mash-up. If I am easily able to tag a section of a video, reference it externally and pull that stream through some type of API on call / on cue -- wow.
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  • I'm thinking we need to get out of the mindset of cubby-holing everything in neatly organized boxes. Once we get it stored in this manner, it's notoriously hard to re-employ in any way other than prescribed by the method of organization.
Jeff Cross

Sakai and OpenSocial: A Different Approach to Distributed Learning Applications at e-Li... - 0 views

  • Networks within academia will become embedded into the applications delivered from academia.
  • Just as Facebook grew though the academic community out to the masses, there will be a class of applications, with detailed knowledge of the needs of education, hosted within Universities, supporting teaching and learning and research, but integrating with distributed services from applications all over the internet.
Matt Fisher

Beyond Campus Boundaries ePortfolio Transforms into 'Cultural Application' - 0 views

  • The point is that people will be using ePortfolios for their own purposes. It’s not just something that they’ll be told to use in a formal educational setting.
  • So, young people will choose to use ePortfolios in their leisure time; to use them for fun. Which you would almost never do with a CMS—I suspect almost no one chooses to use a course management system on their own time for fun.
  • The more engaged, the more time on task, the more that a person puts into something, the more they learn—this g'es along with all the data I’ve seen over the years.
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  • ePortfolios is not a choice that you make because you can prove that it’s educationally valuable, or that it works. There is not really a choice here: The return on investment is staying in business. Do you want to stay active and viable as an institution of higher education?
Matt Fisher

Beyond Campus Boundaries ePortfolio Transforms into 'Cultural Application' - 0 views

  • There are times when something comes along that everyone talks about, something that really changes things. ePortfolios, of course, is one of those things, but it’s different in its very nature.
  • What’s happening with universities in this knowledge age is that the boundaries between the university and the rest of the world have pretty much dissolved. We are now a learning culture, or a knowledge culture.
  • ePortfolios are not a higher education application. It’s not a K-12 application. It’s a cultural application.
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  • It’s something that whole countries are offering to their citizens to store things related to their work, over a career or over the time when they are developing their career.
  • ePortfolios can authenticate what kind of work people do in between the times when they are at the community college studying formally. So, it bridges the gap between informal learning and formal learning.
  • What we focus on in this country is more the traditional higher education view of ePortfolios; how it is really great for developing reflective thinking in students, because they can reflect on their own work over time.
  • what’s driving the market in the US is assessment management
    • Matt Fisher
      couldn't agree more
  • So universities—especially schools of education around the country—are rushing to implement ePortfolio systems so that they can do the kind of reporting the accrediting agencies are asking for.
  • But that is not potentially the big market. The big market is going to be everyone having an ePortfolio, whether they are in college or not in college.
Matt Fisher

Automation Chimera: Education Is Not Management - 0 views

  • In a recent conversation with the lead developer of Desire2Learn's new ePortfolio system (, I was pleased to hear that the system, which offers infinite management combinations for content and permissions, can also present the user (student or faculty member) with ratcheted-down options and therefore a simpler interface. A user can be set up to use just a minimal essential set of options.
    • Matt Fisher
      The recent conversation was with Matt Fisher NOT a "lead developer" :)
  • Users still may not use Desire2Learn's ePortfolio system while they sit on a deck overlooking the water, but they at least have the option of a lower threshold for using it for their academic work.
Jeff Cross

Learning Organizations, eLearning 2.0 and Edupunk : eLearning Technology - 0 views

  • Is the edupunk ideology saying that the use of social media in commercial learning management systems is an assault on the very philosophy of learning 2.0?Ideologies shouldn’t be rigid should they? Rather they should be adapted and used in pragmatic ways don’t you think? If you’re a trainer embracing learning 2.0, who gives a rats ass where it lives.
  • If you have a population of learners who have already adopted tools (such as blogging and social bookmarking) for themselves that are different than the corporate tool (the LMS) do you ask them to move?
  • If your population has not adopted a tool yet, do you have a responsibility to the individual to show them tools that can live beyond their engagement at the company?
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  • I would claim that if you are talking about blogging as an ongoing learning and networking tool, then you are doing a disservice to learners if you show them only internal tools bundled with the LMS or any tool that is locked inside the walls of the corporation.
    It is interesting how there is a backlash against - or at least some concern about - LMS vendors incorporating web 2.0 type features into enterprise software.
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