๐Ÿ“‘ ePortfolios: Competing Concepts

Bookmarked ePortfolios: Competing Concepts by Tom Woodward (Bionic Teaching)
I talked to some VCU people about ePortofolios1. Itโ€™s a conversation Iโ€™ve had any number of times over the years. I think that experience is leading to a better understanding of whatโ€™s going on structurally and the space we have to navigate competing interests. Iโ€™m also in a better position to show how certain technologies might help people find a middle way. However, Iโ€™m still trying to be honest about the complexities involved in an environment with shrinking resources and expanding expectations. Thatโ€™s a rough line to sell when vendors have no compunction about pitching simple answers that arenโ€™t exposed until after contracts are signed. For the record, I didnโ€™t start with this peppy intro when I spoke.
Tom Woodward addresses a number of considerations associated with ePortfolios:

  • Strategy: trophy case vs. progress/reflective.
  • Audience: internal vs. external.
  • Ownership: institution vs. student
  • Privacy: password protected vs. public searchable

Woodward provides a lot of nuance throughout his discussion and provides a number of examples to support this. It is a worthy addition to the discussion of ways to blog.

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