Eportfolios in the Australian Tertiary Sector

We live in an ever-changing world where educational institutions are facing many challenges as they move from a ‘mass production model’ of education to models which cater for mass customisation and tailoring the experience for the individual.  This means educational institutions are needing to offer their learners flexible ways to gaining a qualification.

Lifelong learning skills are recognised as an important requirement for an individual’s personal and career development, as well as contributing to a nation’s economic, social, environmental and cultural sustainability.

At the same time, there is a the call for ‘quality in education’ where educational institutions are needing to demonstrate to regulatory bodies and other key stakeholders that they have the required processes or “standards” in place to achieve good educational (and employability) outcomes for their learners.

This means educational institutions are looking for creative ways of doing new things, hopefully based on a strength based model which takes the best of what they already do and improves upon it.

Eportfolios are said to be one of these new ways of supporting quality education as they provide a means to support successful learning and learning pathways by enabling learners to manage their lifelong learning records.

The use of e-portfolios in Australian tertiary is an ’emerging landscape’ with pockets of excellent practice happening.  The main emerging uses are:

  • reflective practice/assessment or self assessment to help learners develop lifelong learning skills
  • development of individual learning plans or personal/professional development plans to enable individuals to better manage their own life/career development
  • recognition of existing skills and knowledge through gathering evidence for:
    – recognition of prior learning (RPL)
    – gaining entry into courses and/or gaining credit/articulation toward a higher qualification
    – supporting mandated continuous professional development and accreditation process
    – workplace learning and assessment/work integrated learning
  • re-engaging individuals to participate in the workforce and/or increasing their skill/knowledge base

Support for this emerging eportfolio practice includes:

Please share your eportfolio experiences and resources here.

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About eportfoliosaustralia

ePortfolios Australia is a professional network which aims to support the use of e-portfolios in Australia and beyond through professional development activities, provision of resources and consultancy services.
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2 Responses to Eportfolios in the Australian Tertiary Sector

  1. The Australia e-Series is proud to announce that Allison Miller will present a webinar about the upcoming ePortfolios Australia Conference in our eT@lking session on Wednesday 4th April at 8-9 pm AEST. http://tinyurl.com/29tyznz
    Another month of e-portfolio webinars coming up. The Australia e-Series is seeking interested participants and presenters for the following dates and themes in May.
    May 2 “Collecting for your Memory Box” – clever ways to start collecting your repository of artifacts
    May 9 “Preparing your e-portfolio” – innovative ways to planning and building your ‘memory box’
    May 16 “Presenting your achievements” – initiatives in using e-portfolio tools to showcase your lifelong learning
    May 23 “Implementing pathways” – strategies for providing pathways to further study with e-portfolios
    Details here: http://australiaseries.wordpress.com

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