Attending class in an online world

In this post I want to explore;

  • The value of student portfolios to create an environment of 24/7 learning.
  • The concepts and principles of student portfolios to evidence learning.
  • How students create and keep their portfolios.
  • The value of working collaboratively to build portfolios.
  • Reflective practice and student portfolios.
  • Portfolio use in courses and programmes. 

 

  • The value of student portfolios to create 24/7 learning.

    Last semester I had the good fortune to meet Kim and Laura from Canada. They were studying a course in Te Ao Maori (Understanding the Maori World) at Unitec in Auckland, New Zealand. As part of their course Kim and Laura were asked to create a portfolio which included written record of their experiences in various out of class activities (trips to marae, a tour around Auckland, and visit to Rotorua), photos and images, and their own reflections on their learning.

    I suggested Laura and Kim use posterous to create their on line portfolio.  They spent a couple of hours learning the application. At the end of the course they presented these amazing portfolios for grading.

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  • Uses of E-portfolios

    Useful in electives and disciplines that require collated evidence of work, progress and achievement. (Especially useful for graduates who are entering a vocational course or trade, or who are already working)

    • Is a showcase of work that can be used to illustrate application of skills and concepts
    • Is organised and has a specific purpose
    • Can include reflections on the learning process, and involve the development of evaluation and critical thinking
    • Provides a forum to display achievements, accomplishments and areas of interest / expertise
    • Empowers students who already have well-developed IT and design skills, and can motivate students who haven’t yet acquired these skills
    • Can encourage peer tutoring and support
    • May be useful in applying for jobs, grants, and scholarships
    • Acts as a record of ongoing knowledge and skills building

    (Adapted from Cochrane, 2007)

     

  • The concepts and principles of student portfolios to evidence learning.

    The Teaching and Learning Community has a range of resources to help teachers, design, assess, manage and evaluate portfolios in their teaching.

    1. http://tlcommunityunitec.ning.com/xn/detail/3664184:Note:2488
    2. http://tlcommunityunitec.ning.com/group/studentportfolios/forum/topics/managing-student-portfolios
    3. http://tlcommunityunitec.ning.com/group/studentportfolios/forum/topics/designing-a-student-portfolio
  • How students create and keep their portfolios.

    There is a whole range of tools available to build a portfolio.  If you think of Facebook as a simple social portfolio, and LinkedIn as a simple professional portfolio, you are on the right track.

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    Clearly a learning portfolio will be more complex. The portfolio needs to have the following

    1. The ability to be transferred (ie portable and in a cloud)
    2. Inclusive of links, images, video, podcasts.
    3. Privacy controls, for private, collaborative and public viewing.
    4. Capacity for collaborative interaction.
    5. Longevity.
    6. Capacity to be personalised and adapted over time.

  • The value of working collaboratively to build portfolios.

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    We believe there is real value in students sharing their porfolios with others and encouraging collaboration on aspects of the portfolio.  Peer assessment and critique will help students to further improve their skills and knowledge. Students can be encourage to build a group portfolio and then integrate it into their own portfolio.

  • Reflective practice and student portfolios.
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    Portfolios can house both private and public reflections and as such become a record of both a learning and professional journey.

  • Portfolio use in courses and programmes.

The real benefits of student portfolios are for the learners, as they acquire capabilities and confidence.  However, for teachers portfolios offer additional benefits. The portfolios showcase excellent student work in both the course and the portfolio.  The portfolios can be easily linked into show how students are gaining benefit from a particular course of study.

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