So, what’s all the fuss about ePortfolios then?
Firstly, is it e-Portfolio, or ePortfolio, or is it E-portfolio? Personally I don’t care just so long as the right information is given and the help is there to correctly signpost the learner to the right way of using the tool. By the way, I’m going to use ePortfolio.
For some the act of creating and managing their portfolio is going to be tough, but these people will often have the same technical issues whether it’s email, browsing or posting to a discussion. We, as eLearning ‘leaders’ should be doing what we can to include these people as much as possible. So, whatever tool we use, we must make sure that it is as simple as we can make it.
This brings us to the ‘why’ behind the ePortfolio. I always make sure I think like the online learners I support, basing my decisions and information on the lowest-common denominator … if they can understand my instructions then so should everyone. ePortfolios can be used extremely successfully, and as my ‘lot’ are mature students studying online Business subjects, they are the perfect people to trial this on.