Thanks to @catspyjamasnz who gave me a link today to this useful report from the UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) on effective practice with e-Portfolios (this is a PDF document approx. 700MB). I haven’t finished reading yet but I find it interesting particularly in light of a session that I attended last week with academic staff from my institution who were sharing experiences of implementing e-Portfolios in their teaching and learning.
I am working on a longer post on the use of e-Portfolios but I’ll just make the observation that there appeared to be quite a bit of overlap in the way academics are asking students to use their e-Portfolio with some of the functionality that is offered by a learning management system (LMS). In particular some activities designed to develop reflective practice could (should?) be carried out out in an LMS.
Hopefully I’ll organise my thoughts on e-Portfolios a bit more soon and post something a bit longer and more coherent. One thing thing I am seeing is that the Personal Learning Space will be key in the future and a fundamental part of that will be e-Portfolio functionality. One question I do have is where those spaces should sit. At the moment I am not sure that they should be managed by higher education institutions but more on that soon.