Monday, November 16, 2009

Mini Conference

ePortfolio : 3 step reflective framework

Title: How can a three-step framework entice professionals to prepare
evidence for an electronic portfolio?
Date: 8:00 PM NZ time, Monday 30th November
Venue: Elluminate, Back-up skype user name :rosceli.valdrez
Guest Speaker: Bronwyn Hegarty
Description: Bronwyn will be sharing to us one of her master piece on her Doctorate paper.
The presentation will include:
· A description of the Three-step Reflective framework;
· Initial findings from my Doctorate research;
· Examples of how the framework is being used in my teaching and research.
Facilitator: Rosceli Valdrez ( or

Who is Bronwyn? Let me count the ways…
I googled her name and to my amazement 81,000 + in .28 seconds
You can read her profile on the following blogs just to name a few:
Bronwyn Hegarty - WikiEducator

Bronwyns Work

Background of the topic
What is ePortfolio? According to Wikipedia…
An electronic portfolio, also known as an e-portfolio or digital portfolio, is a collection of electronic evidence assembled and managed by a user, usually on the Web. Such electronic evidence may include inputted text, electronic files, images, multimedia, blog entries, and hyperlinks. E-portfolios are both demonstrations of the user's abilities and platforms for self-expression, and, if they are online, they can be maintained dynamically over time. Some e-portfolio applications permit varying degrees of audience access, so the same portfolio might be used for multiple purposes.
An e-portfolio can be seen as a type of learning record that provides actual evidence of achievement. Learning records are closely related to the Learning Plan, an emerging tool that is being used to manage learning by individuals, teams, communities of interest, and organizations. To the extent that a Personal Learning Environment captures and displays a learning record, it also might be understood to be an electronic portfolio.
Students have been taught to create digital identities using presentation software or tools to create web pages. Such technologies, however, are not easily utilized by children or elderly people who lack web authoring skills or a hosted site. More recently the use of virtual learning environments (VLEs) in schools and universities has led to an increased activity in the creation of e-portfolios for a variety of reasons. Most of these e-portfolios, however, are retained within the VLE and are not easily accessed outside the VLE. This results in problems of exporting data and related interoperability issues. An alternative approach is to use a system externally hosted to any institution. This permits transition through the various stages of education and employments and even into retirement.
E-portfolios, like traditional portfolios, can facilitate students' reflection on their own learning, leading to more awareness of learning strategies and needs. Results of a comparative research between paper based portfolios and electronic portfolios in the same setting, suggest use of an electronic portfolio leads to better learning outcomes.