What if each post, journal, assignment, etc., had an additional "portfolio_flag" that could be triggered at submission/edit or from the activity/outline report?
Instructors, then, could ask students to identify (by certain dates, perhaps) writing that might be included in an electronic portfolio.
I like the idea of having students choose the work that they think best represents their thinking in the class. I'm imagining a "title-page" in the portfolio, and then arrows to click through the pages of the portfolio (like a book). Maybe with this kind of specificity and formatting, the whole could be exported to .pdf?
Does this sound interesting?
If we wanted a two-tiered system, the flag could have a privacy toggle: so that the student could be creating a public portfolio (for guests and peers) and a private one for teachers.
Maybe this could be triggered like Will's bookmark system.
--later-- On the other hand, maybe rather than using a flagged system throughout all of the tables, this should be a distinct module that gathers and links all of the writing the student wants in a portfolio. The default portfolio could be viewed on the User Profile. This would allow you to create numerous portfolios for a single course.
That is a great idea.
Could there be some way to export the portfolio so that the student could include it, for example, on a college application?
I need to think more on what this would look like. The concept is exactly what I am trying to accomplish with my students by creating PDF files of all their assignments. I would love to be in on the development of this feature.
This is an incredibly important component for online writing or writing-intensive courses. A CMS that we developed at Washington State University in the late 1990s, the "Speakeasy Studio & Cafe", included default portfolios for every student, including all of that student's writing. The portfolio could be seen chronologically, grouped by activity, and on a calendar view (which showed consistency of activity throughout the course).
Allowing multiple portfolios of student-selected work would be an outstanding addition to this.
I am curious to know if anyone is working on this already?
Not yet. I think the suggestion came at a whirling time of development for version 1.2. What we COULD do in the meanwhile is to flesh out a good looking natural interface for this potential module. Do you have screenshots of your Speakeasy portfolios? Did you learn things about the process that would be helpful in the development of this module?
I'm a fan of the new "three boxes side-by-side" interface that Martin is using for group selection. He used a good "two box" system for choosing filters.
Instead of having teachers create portfolio activities for students on the course page, maybe portfolios should be a function that stem from the profile page (so students can make as many as they desire). When they "edit portfolios" they might be given a screen with a three-box interface (exactly like groups). The left side will include all of the student's writing in the course (kind of an activity-outline report). The second box will include the various portfolio names that have been established (you can create new ones here, too, just like you create new group names).
And, finally, the last box contains the activities that have been selected to be in particular groups (like the participant list within the groups).
Maybe a preview can flash up in a "sample box" when the user hovers over a various activity in the left column.
The individual portfolios should have a private/public toggle and maybe the interface could include the choice of 3-4 portfolio templates. The public portfolios could be stored on the profile page.
... ?? Any other / different ideas?
Indeed, the first step is to define requirements and mock up some UI prototypes. I can't be of much help with that until late in March, but depending on where things are at that time I'll try to pitch in with whatever help I can provide.
A screenshot of the calendar view of the Speakeasy portfolio is attached. I like that view a lot -- writing and writing-intensive classes are what I'm interested in adapting Moodle for, and the calendar view is a nice ancillary way to view a student's work.
I'll check back in a few weeks to see where things stand; I would love to see Moodle's forums become a true foundation for writing programs looking to support the online component of their classes.
Last December I attended a conference where a teacher demonstrated a PHP site she developed for a process-writing course for university EFL learners in Taiwan. Impressive and she offered it free for Moodle to use. I will try to locate this and use this in a writing course I have coming up in April.
Obviously a writing course is tightly connected with a portfolio. A student could have writings automatically or selectively posted to a portfolio.
At my university, we are heavily into building student webpages. I would like Moodle to handle this, instead of Geocities Yahoo with all of its advertisements. These student websites serve a similar function as a portfolio. Students introduce themselves, post information, paragraphs, and essays all through the year as they complete assignments in class and out of class.
I wonder if a student website is different from or the same as a portfolio? I also wonder how a process writing course would integrate with a portfolio?
I am not working on this exactly, just dreaming about it, yet
For me a portfolio has three components:
1. the catalog of the institute: description of modules in moodle that lead to a certificate
1. Descriptions of competences inside each modul/moodle
2. Inside the moodle competences are mapped on the concrete task-situation by adapted scales
2. students work in moodle on tasks
2 if they want to promote the product of a task to their portfolio they set a bookmark
2 teacher gets an automatic email with a weblink of this act
2 teacher gives extra help (=higher criteria) to make it even a better product
3if a product passes the ordial of the teacher, it gets an electronic seal from the institute
3 students can move the sealed products to their private portfolio, for example into a copy of http://www.theospi.org/modules/cjaycontent/index.php?id=5 at your institute..
If we attach the rating system / an exercise rubric / or a standard 1-100 grading scale we can assess the product. An email could be sent to the teacher/student whenever it is touched...
Rethinking your comments (version II):
Rethinking your comments: yes it is better to start simple: I see that Kalimazoo - the famous portfolio website - asks from their students these days only one webpage with links: fits in your idea of an extended personal page. So how can we easy connect results of a course to personal pages? (bookmark category portfolio?)
I still like this simple approach:
If the school can set the TOC of the student portfolio, then the student could take care of the deliverables in that TOC. In the personal page all the resources are visible in the edit your profile view of the page (also new: "please improve it commentbox for teachers/peers?" ) and then on the short view of the page, you will see again the TOC of the school but only those deliverables, that get a show-me-checkmark from the student himself (he places these checkmarks in the edit-view-mode of the personal profil page..)
I searched for the Kalamazoo site and got the following address,
I was not able to get many of the links to work.
Was I in the correct place to get information about this site?
This is the page I referred to.
In the past Kalamazoo published very intersting questionnaires about what teachers and students liked or disliked about a portfolio: reading these files could help you to prevent that your own portfolio-project become a failure... What a pitty they cleaned the site.
(You ended up in one of these cleaned areas, I suppose.)
The last 10 years there is a lot of nonsense published about the phenomen PORTFOLIO.
My current position is: If you do not have an eLearning environment like Moodle where you support and saveguard the coaching of the human coach (= the teacher) of your students, then you could compensate for that missing part with a good Portfolio approach.
But if you work according the Soc. Constr. approach in Moodle, using all the options as journal, dialogues, exercises and workshops, AND YOU GIVE STUDENTS POINTS FOR IMPROVEMENT DURING THAT COURSE every course and every project is interesting and has value for the owner of that learning process and the results: yes, the student, even in Japan . Then the student needs a show-case and the school needs a formal report of the results: scales, rubrics and marks in the gradebook
This is an interesting discussion, as I've just been hired to work in the e-portfolio lab here at St. Thomas in Miami. We are using LiveText as our e-portfolio software, along with Blackboard to deliver many of the courses. I was hired to help move away from these for profit companies into the open source world.
Moodle has great potential, and I haven't really had the chance to use it with classes, so I can't compare it to Blackboard and WebCT and others.
However, if an electronic portfolio module is developed, and in fact becomes an integral part of Moodle, where control is being given more and more to the learning and not the teacher or learner, then I'll have some leverage to have the entire institution move to it. I think this will be good, because then we'll have access to a couple of paid programmers who can modify and add to the existing code.
Now, to my point. I wonder if anyone has seen the White paper issued by the eportconsortium.org and can comment on how eportfolios can be integrated into a CMS like Moodle.
I'd be willing to discuss the paper here in detail if it helps the process of the interface design.
Thanks in advance.
I liked Ger's comment that a portfolio is a redundant feature as a learning tool if you are using Moodle effectively. That is true at the course level, but many institutions (especially U.S. based) have to be concerned with program and institution level assessment. E-portfolios are a great way to facilitate that assessment. Ideally, the site administrator would be able to create a portfolio template with each of the institutions instructional goals or learning outcomes. Students would then be able to upload files to fulfill those outcomes (or simply link to an assignment, quiz, forum, or journal from a class that would demonstrate that they have completed or met the requirement). Then, faculty/administrators would be able to pull all responses for a given category of student for any of the outcomes, rate them, and have assessment data about institutional effectiveness in a given area. I am currently attending an accreditation meeting in the mid-west portion of the u.s.a. and can tell you that this is what the majority of the sessions are focusing on (assessment that is) and that this type of module would be amazingly helpful.
Unfortunately, I'm not a php developer, so I can't make this module happen, but I would love to be involved in the development of it. Perhaps the first step would be simply providing the module that students can add their material to. Once that is complete, work can begin on the faculty assessment aspect of it that would draw info from all of the student portfolio and remove the personal student information (that would help protect privacy and bias when doing an institutional level assessment).
Let me know if there are any interested developers out there to work on something like this. (I may even be able to swing some funding, although it would probably be minor).
p.s. see the rose-hulman project for an example of the type of system I'm thinking of: