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‘Others can offer constructive advice, but it is only by articulating your thoughts to someone that you really hear how far you have come…’ Dr Jean Kelly, Professional Development Manager, The Institute for Learning

‘I could not see how it would benefit us or help us to gel as a community. However, to be perfectly blunt, I would have been well and truly lost without [it] whilst out on placement.’ Student nurse

Step four

Step five

Step six

Engage – e-Portfolio use is a

Implement – Effective

Review – Use a range of

far-reaching initiative that may involve practitioners, personal tutors, administrative, technical and learning support staff, and, potentially, workplace mentors outside the institution. Ask:

e-portfolio use does not occur on any scale without leadership from curriculum managers and practitioner teams. Ask:

methodologies to explore the viewpoints both of learners and practitioners – guidance and reusable templates for learner evaluation of e-learning initiatives have been developed under the JISC Learner Experiences of e-Learning programme.34 Ask:

‘What are the most effective strategies for engaging and sustaining the commitment of learners, and those involved in supporting learners’ use of e-portfolios?’

‘What are the lessons learnt from the pilots we have run? What are the factors, such as timing or involvement of e-portfolio champions, that might influence the outcomes?’

‘How will we evidence and evaluate the outcomes?’

‘I have watched students who had very little confidence grow in self-belief through their pride in their e-portfolio.’

‘e-Portfolios are much more than e-Progress Files; they can in fact

touch the whole of human life.’

John Pallister, e-portfolio practitioner

Dr Angela Smallwood, University of Nottingham

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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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