We recently held our inaugural internal e-portfolio community of practice (ae-PiG) meeting. The plan is to hold these on a regular basis both face to face and run an online dialogue. The online discussions will of course be using some of the tools built into PebblePad, e.g. blogs, or shared comments on specific assets.
The first meeting was well attended by representatives covering; placement roles, academic tutors, graduate employment support staff, technical support and students. We discussed the application of e-portfolios in the current economic climate of enhancing graduate attributes, with regard to personal development planning (ePDP) and the Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR).
Minor technical gripes were thrashed out along with a look to the future, regarding our impending upgrade to version 2.5. We discussed the potential of Blackboard and Turnitin “plug-ins” which are both on the horizon (summer 2011). Enhancements such as these plug-ins promise to improve and potentially join up the core systems here at Aston, which will add value from both the teaching and students experience perspective.
Themes for future meetings were agreed as;
1) Assessing and supporting reflective statements e.g. digital stories.
2) Assessing (or not) the quality of submitted webfolios.
3) Collaboration/collaborative learning was muted as common ongoing theme for future meetings.
The next breakfast meeting is planned for mid Jan’ 2011.
On that topic, I am also involved in a JISC funded project aimed at developing and fostering a community of practice for e-portfolio pedagogies for work-based and life-long learning through a synthesis of existing practice focusing on identifying the key principles from that practice that can be applied elsewhere. Please join our CoP, and attend some of the live sessions due Jan’ 2011: http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloudscape/view/2201