The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) in the UK is the driving force behind radical new ways of assessing students, by the introduction of electronic modes of assessment, including the use of e-portfolios. Martin Ripley, the head of e-strategy and innovation at the QCA , defines e-portfolios:
" It is a menu of possibilities about a dialogue between the learner and tutor wherever they are located and communication about the learning objectives, how well the student is learning, how effectively the evidence demonstrates what is being achieved. It is about the learner being asked for guidance, the learner working in peer groups, mentoring. ....."
I cannot help thinking, and smiling, that this 'radical' new way of learning is not exactly new to many schools around the world, having embraced the wonderful new opportunities for learning that Moodle offers! I sincerely hope that Moodle and Open Source solutions are not overlooked in this new 'adventure' that QCA has embarked upon.