What is an e-Portfolio?
According to Regis University an e-Portfolio “is a collection of work developed across varied contexts over-time.” This electronic based portfolio has the ability to “organize, archive and display pieces of work.” An e-Portfolio is used by higher education institutions, evaluating on student learning. This assesses the impact of the “students’ educational experience and learning.”
E-Portfolio is effective than normal, traditional portfolios. It is “striking and appealing with the audio and video materials”. Whilst traditional portfolios have “linear structures”, e-portfolios have “multifaceted structures”. The video below will elaborate the effectiveness of an e-portfolio compared to a traditional portfolio.
E-portfolio is a great platform to reflect/evaluate your work. It is formatted for learners to:
- Record their work
- Their achievements and goals
- Reflect on their learning
- To share and be supported
This electronic based portfolio enables users to “represent the information in different formats” (Tribal, 2004): i.e. reflective journals, blogs, action planning for learning etc. This gives flexibility and consistency towards the users goals and achievements. E-Portfolio helps students develop their skills professionally, as they are encouraged to reflect on their practices and involve group discussions with classmates/viewers of it.
These are the three major types of e-Portfolio’s helping to define individual learning. Most portfolios are also a Hybrid of all three types.
What is the reflective practice cycle?
Reflective Practice is defined as the “study of your own experiences” in order to “improve the way you work” (Brightside, n.d.).
A reflective practice cycle in which a learner performs his/her practices are through four different steps: plan, act, observe and reflect. It’s a process in which develops your main point of interest or goals.
Reflective Practice can enhance ones learning through “time and space”. During reflecting students “analyse their achievement through class standards,” evaluation and growth. This process is a “critical component of the portfolio”, to assure students what went well and what did not. This includes honest and supportive working environment, “one that fosters trust as well as growth.” (Fernsten, 2006)
Regis University. (n.d.). What is an e-Portfolio? Retrieved from http://academic.regis.edu/laap/eportfolio/basics_what.htm
Banks, B. (2004, December). Tribal. Retrieved from file:///C:/Users/qfg8224/Downloads/eportfolios_their_use_and_benefits%20(1).pdf
- Brightside. (n.d.). What is reflective practice? — Brightside. Retrieved from https://www.brightknowledge.org/knowledge-bank/medicine-and-healthcare/spotlight-on-medicine/what-is-reflective-practice
Fernsten, L., & Fernsten, J. (2006, August 20). Portfolio assessment and reflection: enhancing learning through effective practice: Reflective Practice: Vol 6, No 2. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14623940500106542#aHR0cDovL3d3dy50YW5kZm9ubGluZS5jb20vZG9pL3BkZi8xMC4xMDgwLzE0NjIzOTQwNTAwMTA2NTQyP25lZWRBY2Nlc3M9dHJ1ZUBAQDA=
- E-Portfolio: A story. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh96MfqdVus