I have been doing some research on how to explain the whole issue of portfolios to my highschool students and colleagues in Catalonia.
My goal is to highlight the steps of the process and I am not too sure about the first part yet… I might change it in the future. The first part, doing tasks/projects is the largest part of the student’s work, supported by different formats, text, audio, video, image and hyperlinked to collaborate connected in the making of activities in web 2.o support.
The second step is how all these artefacts and evidences scattered in the web in an array of web 2.0 tools, Google tools, VLE like moodle and even paper-suported work have to be managed through organizing the collection, selecting the relevant artifacts for each portfolio with the corresponding reflections for critical analysis and personal development.
The third step is the actual presentation of managed artifacts into a portfolio, according to the objective you are pursuing: Assessment of competences/subject/course/level accreditation…; Presentation of your digital self looking for potential users with common interests to learn/work with; Part of your CV to showcase the competences and achievements for future job recruitment.
The fourth step is the connection of your portfolios to the existing networks, social (facebook), professional and social (twitter) or more job-oriented (linked-in) as means of presenting yourself . Social networks are however embedded in the environment our students live in and therefore they can interact in the whole process of eportfolio making.
This roadmap intends to capture the why, what and how of eportfolios. Feedback welcome! 🙂