Eportfolio Shark Tank

2021 Eportfolio Shark Tank

Get input from our expert Eportfolio Sharks

Tuesday 25 May – 9.30-10.45 am AEST

Resources from this event:

Eportfolio Shark Tank is a great opportunity to draw on the skills and experiences of expert eportfolio implementers to get advice on:

  • a new idea for using eportfolios
  • for improving your existing work with eportfolio practice, and/or
  • to propose something completely different

See below for more information …..

Here’s how it works

Eportfolio Shark Tank is based on the popular Shark Tank show, where four ‘contestants’ will make a Shark Tank pitch to our three Sharks.

Each ‘contestant’ can either be an individual person or a small group of people.

This pitch will be a live, online 3 minute presentation, plus information provided by the contestants to be displayed on a single presentation slide.

Our expert Eportfolio Sharks will then provide contestants with feedback on their pitch, and provide insights on how the contestant’s idea or request can be actioned or improved.

Eportfolio Shark Tank attendees will also be invited to offer their thoughts and ideas on contestants’ pitches.

What does it involve?

  • Submitting your pitch idea no later than Monday 10 May
  • Providing your Pitch slide information no later than Monday 17 May
  • Pitching to the expert Eportfolio Sharks on Tuesday 25 May (session will recorded and shared via this web page)

Propose an Eportfolio Shark Tank pitch

Pitches should be creative and engaging, and even thought provoking or provocative. This is your opportunity to really test out or find out what’s possible using eportfolios / an eportfolio approach.

Click here to provide (submissions are now closed):

  • Title for your pitch
  • Brief description of the purpose and context for your idea (e.g., learning setting, learner population)
    • Thinking about your idea, what questions are on your mind? What feedback would be most helpful to you right now? Any other questions, comments, concerns, etc.?

Meet our Sharks

Elize J HellamStephen BrightTerry Young
Eliza J HellamStephen BrightTerry Young
Click their names to find out more about our expert Eportfolio ‘Shark’

Review the ‘Pitches’

Kristina HoeppnerDigital ethics researchThe AAEEBL Digital Ethics and ePortfolios task force is in its second year. It started out to create a series of principles around digital ethics and portfolio practices. We made good progress having published 10 principles in 2020 https://scalar.usc.edu/works/aaeebl-digital-ethics-principlesversion-1 and completing the work on three more this year. Now we are ready to look beyond the principles as we are preparing for the third year of the task force.

We are looking into how to disseminate the information, support research into specific principles, and provide support for ePortfolio researchers and practitioners to find their way in a vast sea of terminology and implementations.

We’d love to hear what the sharks think pressing research topics might be, whether there are particular organisations that might be interested in funding such projects, and what they’d like to see more of in future from a task force in this area. We would like to take this opportunity to hear the sharks’ feedback to inform our further thinking on how to proceed.
Dr Martina Mylrea / Colleen HodginsPharmacy e-portfolios – Blending pedagogy, professionalism and personalisation the SDT wayIn 2021 the first pharmacy distributed learning cohort commenced across three campuses, Townsville, Cairns and Mackay. Theoretically underpinning the e-portfolio learning design is “Self-Determination Theory (SDT) [Deci & Ryan, 2002], a psychological theory of human motivation that identifies three basic psychological human needs: competence, relatedness and autonomy which are necessary in order to achieve intrinsically motivated learners. SDT has also been linked to identity development. A range of e-portfolio worksheets/workbooks were incorporated into the first pharmacy subject in SP1 2021. We are now ready to review that scaffolded e-portfolio design for this first subject and build our four year pharmacy e-portfolio model to be rolled out in 2022 across all subjects in the four year degree (Hons)

Feedback would be appreciated as it relates to the three SDT elements below:
1. Competence development in our e-portfolio design across a four year program – with a focus on SP1 Year 1.
a. Structured learning design and use of e-portfolio activities –Our three step model – self-directed, facilitated and reflective.
b. Our tagging nomenclature and processes for sustainable collection design.
c. Resources and support to build e-portfolio and technological skills.
d. Our focus on developing reflective learners.
e. Group learning in e-portfolio activities.
f. Timing and value of regular e- portfolio submissions for assessment
g. Alignment of assessment, feedback and monitoring progress – for year

2. Relatedness design – building professionalism , connections, networks, mentors etc.
a. Our use of associated human resources and learning modules on career development, health professional self care and a focus on unpacking hr concept of professionalism across a range of topics
b. Blending our topic design into our first introductory subject to give context and flow and provide the “Big Picture” of a pharmacy degree
c. Use of a mentor network – to support learners and e-portfolio activities ad feedback – value and enhancements

3. Autonomy support
a. Designing worksheets for use pre, during and post scheduled facilitated sessions.
b. Providing choice in e-portfolio assessment learning activities, and where applicable promoting creative evidence submission options
c. Active learning design using individual and group tasks

Deci, E., Ryan, R. (2002). Handbook of Self-Determination Research. Rochester, NY, University of Rochester Press.

Allison MillerTruly embedding eportfolio practice through local eportfolio professional learning networksJoyce (2011) states that “E-portfolios can be problematic to implement if certain common assumptions about them obstruct the way”. As part of his 2011 research into how to implementing eportfolios, Joyce (ND) established the five ‘threshold concepts’ which organisations need to overcome to successfully implement eportfolio practice:
– Purpose is aligned to context to maximise benefits
– Learning activity is designed to suit the purpose
– Processes are supported technologically and pedagogically
– Ownership is student centred
– Transformation (disruption) is planned for

Miller (2017) identified that for eportfolio practice to be successfully implemented and properly embedded requires the support of eportfolio professional learning ecosystems, ie opportunities for individuals to participate in learning opportunities to improve their own professional practice (AITSL, 2014).

ePortfolios Australia (ePortfolios Australia, ND) is “a professional network which aims to support the use of e-portfolio practice in Australia and beyond through professional development, research activities and the sharing of resources, ideas and practice”, and has been operating as a true community of practice since 2012 with the aim to provide an eportfolio professional learning ecosystem.
During this time, the ePortfolios Australia Organising Committee has been holding its signature event, the annual Eportfolio Forum, and has added additional activities to encourage the sharing of effective eportfolio practice, including the 2021 Eportfolio Shark Tank event.

What we have noticed, however, is that there appears to be limited use of eportfolio professional learning networks within organisations using or looking to implement / embed eportfolio practice.

As the co-ordinator of ePortfolios Australia, I believe the role of ePortfolios Australia is to also support and foster these internal eportfolio professional learning networks within organisations or more at a local environments.

Given that Joyce’s (2011) eportfolio implementation threshold concepts could be overcome by having experienced eportfolio practitioners work with newer or less experienced eportfolio practitioners through internal / local eportfolio professional learning networks, I am seeking to find out:
– ways organisations could be establishing and supporting eportfolio professional learning networks at a local level, and
– how can ePortfolios Australia help organisations to do this.
TBCTBCWe’re open for one more pitch – contact us at eportfoliosaustralia@gmail.com

ePortfolios Australia Organising Committee would like to thank AAEEBL for their generous support by sharing their idea and resources for this event.

For more information:

– eportfoliosaustralia@gmail.com
– 0400 732 270