Many educators and administrators have caught the ePortfolio bug. But where does this bug lead them? It leads, seemingly, in many different directions. And here's why: ePortfolios mean differing things to different people.
Despite years of implementations in United States colleges, universities, and K-12 systems, ePortfolios are still generally in an identity crisis. The battle still rages over such issues as: Will personal ownership of learning be expanded and defined by personal portfolios, or will portfolio systems evolve into a set of technologies that further control and define learning from the institutional perspective?
The California State University's "ePortfolio-Day of Dialogue" Feb. 25 is designed to bring together K-20 and workforce development professionals to focus on the use of ePortfolios.
Angel Learning this week previewed a forthcoming update to its learning management system, Angel LMS 7.4. The update, currently in an open field trial, incorporates new mashup capabilities, grading enhancements, and templates, as well as new administration, development, and content management features.
The University of West Alabama will be using a secure environment from Software Security to deliver testing to its 3,000 online students. Students will be able to take Web-based exams with Securexam Remote Proctor, which, according to the company, provides exam-room integrity comparable to what's found in a proctored classroom.
The classroom wall is falling: Employers are now assessing student work in progress at Washington State University... Imagine inviting colleagues in your field to help assess your students during the semester, and rating what kind of job in the field the students are ready for based on their work while still in school. And imagine how your students would see the ultimate hiring decision that used to seem so distant and vague.
A well-planned system for flying or for learning is only ultimately valuable if it frees those using it--pilots or teachers and learners--to invent as they go along.
An old adage that evolved from the establishment of static print media is, "If it's in print, it must be true." And we collected literally tons of the stuff. The digital realm has turned that thinking on its ear, and ePortfolios may help make sense out of our new process of collecting "tons" of bits--not static, but shifting bits.
The word "ownership," when linked to technology, usually conjures up images of lawyers and of the most feared and revered 2 letters in higher education: IP. But this little story is not about intellectual property per se and is most definitely not about lawyers. It's about students' perception of ownership in higher education's geography.
Turning Technologies has launched an iPhone and iPod Touch version of ResponseWare, the company's interactive classroom response software. ResponseWare has already been available for the iPhone and other smart phones through a Web-based system; the new version is a free download through Apple's App Store.