ePortfolio pre-study (phase 1)
|Long Title:||ePortfolio pre-study|
|Université de Genève|
|Project Leader:||P. Roth|
Voir: phase 2 (PLEfolio)
The results of the prestudy show that institutions are currently evaluating the implementation process of ePortfolio by
Two consensuses on the basic use could be identified:
Regarding the content itself, two types of information are wanted by learners:
EPortfolio appears as a tool for "learning to learn" and for managing competencies (i.e., skills profile).
The needs expressed by the participants have also focused on providing documents (e.g., good practice, pedagogic scenarios,
etc.) workshops, and training for teachers and learners on the various didactic usages of the portfolio (such as presentation,
assessment, learning, PDP, etc.).
A more technical need expressed by the participants concerned the adaptation of Mahara for a better pedagogical usage. This could be done by adding templates, which would allow on the one hand the management of competency frameworks, and on another hand to help teachers to easily monitor the modifications made by the students.
Taking all the needs formulated by the professionals into account, the integration of the ePortfolio in the University of Geneva will be targeted according to three axes:
An ePortfolio is characterized by its content, its purpose, the responsible(s) and the audience it is intended for. Types of porfolios based on their roles and their functions are Learning Portfolio, Presentation Portfolio, Assessment Portfolio or Career Portfolio. According to the institutional level to which it is linked, Portfolios may also be divided in Student, Teaching and Institutional Portfolios. Some more categorizations and several definitions characterizing an ePortfolio exist.
Many ePortfolio solutions are currently available. They provide a wide variety of uses, ranging from basic storage of artifacts to personal development planning. Such a diversity of tools and practices is also perceived among several Swiss institutions. Thus, while some institutions want to use an ePortfolio for its procured "validation of knowledge acquired through experience" (i.e., "Career e-portfolio"), others want to use the tool for purely learning purposes (i.e., "Teaching e-portfolio" ). Similarly, there is no consensus on the tools: some institutions are currently testing Mahara, others want to integrate an ePortfolio module onto their institutional LMS (e.g., OLAT and ILIAS).
In order to obtain a clear view of the needs of Swiss universities, we want to initiate this pre-study. In other words, we want to get the most up-to-date landscape concerned with
coming from all Special Interest Group ePortfolio's members and other stakeholders. This enterprise will therefore require among other that each respondent answer the following questions:
Results from a previous survey will be taken into account.
At the end, the results of the pre-study will allow to categorize the needs on two levels:
This pre-study should also clarify the necessary ground needed for the launch of an implementation phase.