ePortfolios to Engage Learners Creativity

To make it short, ubiquitous learning is learning from anywhere and anytime. To support ubiquitous learning, we can equip learners with technologies that are connected and supplied with learning content.

As technology is constantly upgraded, so is the digital learning environment. Changes from conventional classroom learning to digital learning are so vast and we barely use all of them, for example: ePortfolios.

ePortfolios is a powerful concept, and can become a powerful tool. It usually used to display learners’ course-related work. ePortfolios can display many types of work: for example essay, artwork, photograph, videos, etc. Implementation of ePortfolio in learning is not only about displaying the outcome of the student’s learning, but also let students reflect their own work or their peer’s work. Psychologically, it will boost someone’s confidence and ePortfolio will also be needed in their future, for example to create a resume to apply in industry, or simply to document their work.

As instructors, we can use this tool to evaluate learners’ work as summative or formative evaluation.

ePortfolios applied in the course

  1. First of all, we need to determine which platform we use to display learners’ ePortfolios. We may choose free platform, such as blogging platform (WordPressMediumTumblr, etc)
  2. Communicate to the learners (better in day one of learning), tell them what to expect in their ePortfolios, give examples of one of ePortfolios, what tools they should use, and don’t forget to give guidance about how to post to the platform.
  3. Keep motivating learners by joining their assignment. You can create an ePortfolio for your own, so that you can also evaluate the platform, is it easy to use? Are you going to use it for the next class?
  4. Get social by letting learners comment on each other’s ePortfolio. If your institution didn’t have an LMS, you can create a page where all the learner’s links are displayed.

The most important thing is using ePortfolios as an assessment tool. To assess an ePortfolio, we can use a rubric. This rubric is from University of Wisconsin can be used as a reference.

ePortfolios Explained: Theory and Practice. Centre for Teaching Excellence, University of Waterloo. 
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