Thursday, September 29, 2016

ePortfolios Australia 2016 Forum - Day One Reflections

I'm attending an eportfolio event for the first time in 5 years.

Five years ago I was working on eportfolios for learning and assessment with TAFE students and teachers using Moodle/Mahara.

Today part of my focus is on the safe and effective use of social technologies within a new Tasmanian government My Education program.

Within this program the eportfolio agenda has shifted to
  • support career assessment, guidance and planning (My Education and Kuder Navigator for years 7-12)
  • provide an external link for potential employers and further education (Kuder Navigator)
  • support students to safely create a professional, responsible and respectful online presence through their chosen social technologies (plus LinkedIn for students in years 9-12)
  • support student learning and parent engagement
  • provide ongoing access to the above ePortfolio (Kuder Journey available to school leavers and the general community through libraries)
In this context my takeaways from the sessions I attended on the first day of the 2016 ePortfolio Forum (principally for higher education) are:
  • ePortfolios appear to have found some implementation niches - work-integrated learning, student centred/directed learning, continuing professional development, authentic/transdisciplinary learning, wicked problems...
  • Employers are looking for deeper insights into and points of difference between applicants - the focus is more on soft skills, creativity, marketing... An eportfolio (and social media) provide a window to these.
  • Learning artifacts and reflections are now more easily captured at the point of learning via mobile devices.
  • More ePortfolios reference employability/capability/CPD skills providing meaningful frameworks for students and employers.
  • ePortfolio-based tasks count for formal assessment.
  • Students are using social media for learning, uploading, sharing and peer review/critique.
  • Students are choosing cloud services and apps for learning and productivity tools.
My keyword to describe eportfolio use and implementation is now 'wicked' :-)

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