The Many Uses of e-Portfolios throughout One's Life and Career
Thursday, September 15, 2011, 10 am Pacific, 11 am MT, Noon Central, 1 pm EST, 6 pm Zurich, 7 pm Istanbul
Electronic Portfolios are purposeful collections of multimedia artifacts from across your personal and professional life, telling your story of learning and development over time. These artifacts might include videos, manuscripts, photo collections, presentations, online journals (blogs), audio reflections. There are two "faces" to e=portfolio development: workspace (for capturing/documenting/reflecting on experience) and showcase (for a specific purpose to a specific audience). There are portfolio-like processes in developing family scrapbooks, social networking, producing professional resumes, and writing autobiographies or legacy memoirs. The elements of portfolio development include: Capturing & storing evidence; Reflecting -- “the heart and soul of a portfolio” (metacognition lies at the root of all learning); Giving & receiving feedback; Planning & setting goals; Collaborating; Presenting to an audience. With the convergence of technologies into more user-generated web content (sometimes called Web 2.0), and emerging mobile devices, we have exciting tools and strategies to capture our memories, and reflect on our development over time. Another powerful strategy for reflection is digital storytelling, which involves creating short digital video clips that help preserve our life experience.
Dr. Helen Barrett is an internationally-known expert in the development of electronic portfolios in education. Dr. Barrett retired from the faculty of the College of Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage and is now living in the Seattle area. She has been researching strategies and technologies for electronic portfolios since 1991, publishing a website http://electronicportfolios.org), chapters in several books on Electronic Portfolios, and numerous articles. She is currently doing research for a book on Interactive ePortfolios in K-12 schools to be published by the International Society for Technology in Education. At the European ePortfolio Conference in Maastricht, October 2007, Dr. Barrett received the first EIFEL Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to ePortfolio research and development. Dr. Barrett is adjunct faculty for Seattle Pacific University and New England College, and in 2011, she established the REAL ePortfolio Academy for K-12 teachers, providing online courses for individuals and assessment/planning support for K-12 institutions.
Tips for Getting Started on Using e-Portfolios
- Start a blog
- Use your smart phone to capture your reflections and experiences in audio, video, text, images
- Set up an online storage system to preserve your memories and important digital documents (my favorites are GoogleApps, DropBox)
- Buy your own domain name and begin developing your own online portfolio
Helen Barrett's website, http://electonicportfolios.org, is the most comprehensive source of information about e-portfolios that you will find.
Here is an example from her website of a discussion about the use of Google Apps to create ePortfolios: http://sites.google.com/site/eportfolioapps/Home.
Below is an example of an ePortfolio Mash Up with GoogleApps. View Helen's discussion: http://electronicportfolios.com/google/.
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This is Dr. Sally Gelardin with Careerwell Tele-Interviews. Dr. Helen Barrett is an internationally-known expert in the development of electronic portfolios in education. Now retired from the faculty of the College of Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage, she has been researching strategies and technologies for electronic portfolios for the past 20 years. She is currently doing research for a book on Interactive ePortfolios in K-12 schools to be published by the International Society for Technology in Education. At the European ePortfolio Conference in October 2007, she received the first EIFEL Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to ePortfolio research and development. Adjunct faculty for Seattle Pacific University and New England College, in 2011, she established the REAL ePortfolio Academy for K-12 teachers, providing online courses for individuals and assessment/planning support for K-12 institutions. Welcome Helen Barrett!
- I've been following your electronic portfolio development for years. You are really the mother of e-portfolio development. How, when, and why did you become interested in this topic?
- What is an electric portfolio, otherwise known as an e-portfolio?
- What is the value of e-portoflios? Whom does it benefit, user and/or audience? How?
- What are some examples of ways e-portfolios can be used by different populations (i.e., K-12, college and university students, workers in transition, seniors)?
- How could and why should a career counselor in a career center set up an e-portfolio?
- How could and why should a private practitioner set up an e-portfolio?
- How could one get started on setting up an e-portfolio? (a) Start a blog, (b) Use your smart phone to capture your reflections and experiences in audio, video, text, images, (c) Set up an online storage system to preserve your memories and important digital documents (my favorites are GoogleApps, DropBox), (d) Buy your own domain name and begin developing your own online portfolio
- How does an e-portfolio differ from a website?
- What are examples of e-portfolio platforms?
- What are things to be aware of when one is shopping for an e-portfolio platform that might be especially beneficial or detrimental? (i.e., confidentiality, advertising)
- What is open-source e-portfolio?
- What is EIFL and what are its goals?
- The mission of Careerwell is to offer professionals training and development in the areas of career and wellness. I notice on the EIFL website (http://www.epforum.eu/) that the field of health care can benefit from e-portfolios. Could you explain why?
- I also notice on the EIFL website (http://www.epforum.eu/) that e-portfolios are especially beneficial in employability and organizational learning. Why?
- What is projected for the future of e-portfolios? (e-portfolio and identity, technologies and system architectures (http://www.epforum.eu)?
- What are your personal career goals for the future and how do you balance your work (sitting at the computer for long hours?) with the rest of your life?
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