Şirin Soyoz and Suzanne Mordue: Using e-portfolios in alternative assessment
The future will require skilled and digitally aware learners. E-portfolios, Suzanne and Şirin suggested, would play a major part in ensuring this occurs.
Working with e-portfolios will enable learners to develop a wide array of skills, such as goal setting, engagement, motivation, ICT skills, reflection and collaboration, among others.
Suggested methods for developing an e-portfolio included something as simple as word documents, through to things like wikis, blogs, moodle, and even Facebook.
Their research included surveying teachers about their experiences after having started their own e-portfolios, the feedback being generally positive in terms of maintaining their portfolios in the future and whether or not they would be using them with their learners.
Audience participation was encouraged in the session, with several key issues raised. Among these were peer evaluation and self-assessment, which audience members raised as important considerations when developing e-portfolios. Additionally, people stressed the need for deciding which tech tools would be used and how they would be implemented.
To address these issues, the audience was given a ‘portfolio planning document’ that the presenters had prepared. This included questions relating to the tool, the format of assessment, the duration of the document, and the degree of guidance / support offered.