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‘It’s easy to record and share information with as many or as few people as you wish. It’s a bit like an ongoing conversation.’ Paul Manning, chef, Thanet College

Other potential uses have included internal job applications and quality enhancement processes. Lesson observations, for example, may be enriched when the observer and the observed use their personal online spaces to develop their reflections on the session before sharing these with one another. In this way, the process of observation offers opportunities for mutual growth. The Thanet vision for e-portfolios draws a clear distinction between the role of the VLE and that of an e-portfolio system: ‘One is owned by the college, the content of the other by the student. One is for communication and teaching; the other is for wider reflection and development.’ This approach to e-portfolios as a gathering point for items of learning occurring in a variety of ways, located in different places and built up over an unlimited period, has its roots in lifelong learning. The institutional policies surrounding e-portfolio use for professionals’ CPD have to adapt to support the wide variety of approaches that professionals will take. The VLE, on the other hand, is identified as the college’s public forum, which focuses on institutionally based learning and generates a different kind of response from learners and practitioners.

Read more about professional bodies’ perspectives on e-portfolios in the e-Portfolios infoKit: www. jiscinfonet.ac.uk/infokits/e-portfolios/professional

Key points for effective practice Support lifelong learners’ need for flexibility and long-term access to their e-portfolios

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Build confidence in an e-portfolio route to CPD through embedding e-portfolios into quality enhancement and staff appraisal procedures

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Offer the option of paper-based portfolios, while demonstrating the benefits of a digital system

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System or tool: PebblePad

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Effective Practice with e-Portfolios (September 2008)  

The guide complements a new infoKit on e-portfolios from JISC infoNet which offers a comprehensive synopsis of the main drivers, purposes, p...

Effective Practice with e-Portfolios (September 2008)  

The guide complements a new infoKit on e-portfolios from JISC infoNet which offers a comprehensive synopsis of the main drivers, purposes, p...

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