Wow! What a Portfolio-lific Day

Just wrapping up from today’s event “ePortfolio Dialogue Day: Digital Stories of Deep Learning for Students and Faculty” with our excellent guest Helen Barrett, and it was a rousing success. Wish I could have been blogging it all, but other duties called. Helen gave an outstanding overview of the eportfolio landscape, and hammering the not so subltu or semantic differences between assessment for learning versus assessment of learning, and where eportfolios sit.

One of the two major highlights, beyond Helen’s expertise and storytelling weaving, was our panel discussion with 5 Maricopa students eportfolio experiences to share. Rather than summarizing, I am noting that by early next week, I will have the 50+ minute audio available as an mp3 cast (it is processing now in Audcacity). Okay, that was too easy– here is a 12Mb audio mp3 stream of the panel:

I also have lots of pictures, and the progress might have been better but one of my digital camera media cards got corrupted as there were only 34 images out of 100+ I knew I took. Ouch… I knew something funky had happened when I switched out my batteries.

But a little googl-ing got me to PhotoRescue software, where the downloadable demo showed me that it could read the missing images, so after ordering it ($20), I was able to resurrect the lost images.

Another highlight was our 10 station demo session over lunch, where the 5 students plus 4 Maricopa faculty/staff and Helen gave informal demos to small groups. It was an extremely active session and we had a hard time getting folks to sit back down.

The afternoon covered the process fort faculty eport development, and we closed with a nice visioning discussion on the possible, probable, and preferable futures of eportfolios. I know this is vague, but Helen promises to soon post her presentation, and we will soon add some of the supplemental materials she provided us.

Bottom line is we have a bunch of new people energized to try their hands at eport-ing.


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  1. Hi Alan,

    There is absolutely NOTHING like hearing the student voice where eportfolios are concerned! I’m looking forward to looking through the “artifacts” of your day… and will share it with our e-portfolio community here at UBC.

    In case you are interested, the talks, video, etc. from our day in November (Reflection Is Not a Mirror, It’s a Lens). Our student panel was also the highlight!




  2. Further evidence of success, I’ve received five requests for new ePortfolio accounts since the Dialogue Day ended. And those were just the folk who could not wait until Monday.

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