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Supporting staff using e-Portfolios

Unit convener, Stephen Barrass, is working with a number of people from the Teaching and Learning Centre (myself, Danny Munnerley, Matt Bacon), the UC Sustainability Office, UC Marketing and a Graphic Artist to integrate a hands-on approach to teaching Cross Media Production this semester. More information about his project can be found here: http://Xmp2013.Blogspot.com.au
My role is in having input into the integration of portfolio approaches into the design of the unit, providing some technical support and input into platform selection, and do a tiny bit of guest-speaking on portfolio practice. With regard to the guest-speaker aspect Stephen has asked me to address the first tutorial group (and perhaps others) and share perspectives I have gained from my research and practice. In particular why people are using e-portfolios, ethical considerations, the implications of the e in e-portfolios, as well as the differences between personal and professional portfolios and the different purposes of each.

During the lab session about half of the 24 students had an e-portfolio from previous Arts and Design units, only a couple had what they considered to be a professional portfolio. From a show of hands it appeared that the notion of having or developing a professional portfolio had not occurred to this group of 3rd year students before. It was very useful to be able to tell the group about the the difference between personal portfolios/facebook/etc and professional e-portfolios. The students paid close attention to the portfolio of Jamie Ranse (http://www.jamieranse.com/) that attracts ~10,000 hits per year and has resulted in interviews and consultancies for Jamie. It was a rewarding outcome when after my talk I asked how many thought a professional portfolio would be relevant to them and all agreed. The importance of good ethical practice was highlighted especially in regard to what they post about themselves and others online.

All the best for this semester Stephen.

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