ePortfolios

ePortfolios are collections of digital resources stored and displayed as evidence of skill competencies, attributes and learning achievements acquired from experience which relates to a specific professional industry. ePortfolios can be used to support competencies which can be transferred from places of education into the workplace. They can include personal reflections and samples of work (artefacts/products) to demonstrate professional aptitude or learning purposes, or they can be used as an assessment portfolio to demonstrate achievement is relation to performance standards or other assessment objectives.

ePortfolios can be referred to as personal learning environments when the user is empowered to maintain the resource for personal and professional purposes. 


Please consult your eLearning team for further information about options for ePortfolios at Flinders.

 

Uses in learning and teaching

'ePortfolios can capture the idea of lifelong learning, support individuals moving along episodes of school, study, training and employment.'
Dorninger & Schrack 2007

Before you select an ePortfolio tool, you will need to define your purpose in selecting a tool capable of being used as an ePortfolio. Considerations include whether the type of ePortfolio tool is categorised as:

  • content management systems (CMS) or commercial systems
  • in-house systems or open source software
  • web 2.0 tools, including website and blog tools

Consider using the ‘Commonsense for Practice Wheel’ to support the testing and integration of the selected tool(s).

 

Tool picker

The tool picker contains information on web-based (web 2.0) ePortfolios and how to choose an ePortfolio tool to suit your learners and purpose.

Please note all pricing and hyperlinks were last updated March 2015. Always consult the original tool provider for the most up-to-date information. 

Before you start using the tool selector, you will need to define the purpose for selecting a web-based tool. This guide will help you select the most appropriate tool to examine for your specific purpose.

The table below provides you with an immediate reference to which tool will suit your purpose according to select criteria. It is designed to provide you with additional information through an interactive experience which can be viewed in a number of ways.

Web-based tools
Tool Name

 Wikispaces Classroom Google Sites Weebly for Education Wordpress Blogger 
Description Wikispaces Classroom is a social writing platform for education and can be used in numerous scenarios, including website creation, collaborative writing and eportfolio presentation.  Google Sites is a simple website builder capable of publishing  collaborative websites. With many templates available to assist the creator, Google Sites also offers the unique advantage of customising and publishing templates which can be used by students as a sample or starting place. Weebly for Education is an easy-to-use ‘drag and drop’ media rich website builder which enables small classroom management. Weebly also integrates many media types into the page, choice of layout and theme options, and even provides a blog page.  WordPress(.com) is defined as a blog and website builder. The choices are numerous and a site may include both a blog and webpages. With more than 200 free, customisable themes, WordPress provides a high standard of presentation and generous storage capabilities. Blogger is a blog platform powered by Google. It provides users with a simple blog platform, a small range of templates and a basic level of management, making it a good choice for new users. Blogger has an editor similar to Google Drive, making it an easy-to-use blog platform.
Benefits Easy to create a site and build; a range of themes available;basic page editor including embedding objects from the web Easy to create a site and build; a range of themes available; create your own template and share with students; includes an announcement page and file cabinet; basic page editor including embedding objects from the web; similar functionality as Google Drive sharing capabilities including collaboration. Integrates a webpage and blog, or select either tool from within the one account; drag and drop capabilities; password protection available to protect sites if required; no advertising on site; a range of customisable themes; use Weebly domain or publish to your own domain; basic stats available; unlimited pages A range of free(basic) features suitable for educational purpose; connect to social media sites; multilingual dashboard (over 50 languages); basic stats;  Create template and share with your students; a small range of themes to select; post from a mobile device or online; basic post editor available; control comments; insert media or link/embed from web; upload multiple files at once from computer or web; add pages and manage content from dashboard. 
Limitations Wikispaces site size is limited to the account type. A free classroom account (and Educational version) is limited to 2GB site and 20MB file size 

Site size limited to 100MB/site; attachment size 20MB; no set page limit per site. Not embedding documents and media objects doesn't count towards site size.

On the free level, limitations include uploading content files, number of sites (10); cannot insert video or audio player on free account (but can embed and link to videos/audio files hosted elsewhere); upload of files limited to 10MB in size (increases on Pro account) Free level cannot upload audio, video or zip files (use cloud and link/embed if media is required); no limit on file size

100 blogs per account; unlimited number of posts per blog; 1GB storage -15GB, depending on use of Drive to host files in blog (it is best to create a blog using Google+ to take advantage of 15GB cloud storage); page size limits apply (1MB) which applies to very large blogs (hundreds of posts/per); See all limits listed here 

Cost Free

Free 

Free level available at Education or Public accounts. 

Pro level $40/year for 40 students and 1 teacher (+10 students for $10) to have increased functionality and enhanced student management features.

Free (upgrades and in-tool purchase space)

Free

Support Wikispaces Support  Google Sites Support Weebly Support Wordpress Support Blogger Support
How to get it Create a Wikispaces account Create a Goggle Site account or login with a Google account Create a Weebly account Create a WordPress account Create a Blogger account or login with a Google account

Sustainability of object/content

Update/Edit

Update as required and publish. Update as required and publish. Update/edit as often as you like in Weebly's post editor. Publish the updates when ready. Update/edit as often as you like in WordPress's post editor. Publish the updates when ready. Also write and publish from mobile devices. Update/edit as often as you like in Blogger's post editor. Publish the updates when ready or preview before posting.

Download/Export

Export a copy of your site as backup 

Not at present. Copy site is possible to another Google Site.

Export a copy of your blog/website Export (backup) blog posts and comments only (not media) Export (backup) blog posts and comments only
Storage Wikispaces Classroom account is limited to 2GB site and 20MB file size  Site size limited to 100MB/site; attachment size 20MB; no set page limit per site. Not embedding documents and media objects doesn't count towards site size. Unlimited storage space 3GB storage space for uploaded images and files 1GB storage -15GB, depending on use of Drive to host files in blog (it is best to create a blog using Google+ to take advantage of 15GB cloud storage)
Share Share link Share link Share link Share blog link automatically with social media site or as url; also enable viewers to share blog through social media tools Share through social media sites automatically or share link 
Privacy Public or private settings available. Collaboration opportunities available. Public or private settings available. Collaboration opportunities available. Password protection available to protect sites from the web if required Public or private settings available. Collaboration opportunities available. Change privacy settings from default (public) to unlisted (cannot be searched)

Cloud storage tools support the users in storing digital content for use in eportfolio tools. For example, with web-based tools which have limited storage space, storing digital content in external tools, such as YouTube, will keep this space free for other content.

Web-based tools
Tool Name

 DropBox Google Drive YouTube 
Description Install folder on desktop and sync. Manager access to videos online Install folder on desktop and sync. Manager access to resources online Hosts and streams videos only
Benefits Easy to update and store video with desktop feature  

Large free storage space. Easy to update and store video with desktop feature.

Integrates storage with support tools like Picasa.

Publish videos as ‘unlisted’ for maintaining privacy of video.

Connected to Google account

Limitations Limited free storage space. Can not edit documents

Resources must be shared to enable users to view resources.

Set settings to enable edit and/or comment

Published videos should be careful not to breech copyright

Cost  

Free 2GB.

Buy additional space.

Free 15GB

Buy additional space

Free

Support Drop Box Help Google Drive Help   YouTube Help
How to get it Create a Dropbox account  Create a Google account   Create a Google account

Sustainability of object/content

Update/Edit

Yes, but dependent on type of media Yes, but dependent on type of media Minor editing available in YouTube. Can not update once published

Download/Export

Yes, but dependent on type of media Yes – as an owner or with share settings enabled viewers can download  Only as an owner of the video. Limitations apply due to copyright restrictions
Storage Free 2GB Free 15GB 
Share Use link or embed code  Use link or embed code  Use link or embed code
Privacy Set share capabilities. Limit access as shared or private  Set share capabilities. Limit access from private to public Set share capabilities. Limit access from private, unlisted to public 

 

Literature and resources

  ePortfolio/Learning online

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