I recently stumbled upon this ePortfolio concept map. It is an excellent illustration of what a student-centered ePortfolio space could look like. If you ask 10 people to define a learning portfolio, chances are that you'll get 10 different answers. But we can all probably agree on the language surrounding the circle in the middle of this map. ePortfolio methodology promotes reflective learning, enhances an understanding of our own learning (meta-cognition), documents learning and creates a permanent learning record.
I'm convinced that once we move toward an ePortfolio culture in our schools that the role of grades and standardized texts will be minimized and authentic student work will be valued greatly.
What are we waiting for? Let's build an ePortfolio culture in our schools now!
*Image from Cal State University's ePortfolio Portal
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