How can an ePortfolio improve knowledge construction?

An ePortfolio is both a cloud-based repository where you can store, and share, all your documents. It allows you to display your documents and thoughts in an organised way to fulfil a request for information; whether applying for a job, applying for a research grant, demonstrating your competence for registration purposes, or to further your career with a promotion. Used this way an ePortfolio is sometimes referred to as a Personal Learning Environment (PLE), because it allows you to collect, and reflect, on your developing knowledge, becoming a Life-Long Learning tool. It is also strongly correlated to developing your metacognitive awareness, an essential Self-Directed Learning skill that helps you understand not only what you know, but also the most effective ways you create your knowledge.

You will need to keep your professional development records current after graduation to maintain your registration. An ePortfolio is an excellent way to keep these documents together and assemble them in one submission for re-accreditation. It also allows you to progress your career by reflecting on your current practices and developing your skills in conversation with your peers.

For Health Professionals the Australian Health Professionals Regulation Authority (AHPRA - https://www.ahpra.gov.au/) produces registration standards for disciplines such as Nursing & Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Psychology.

Teachers likewise require accreditation and the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL - https://www.aitsl.edu.au/) provides a Nationally consistent registration that requires multiple sources of evidence against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

These Standards progress through Graduate, Proficient, Highly Accomplished, to Lead; you will need to gather evidence against these standards to move through each level of your teaching career.

Your ePortfolio allows you to store a wide range of electronic information called 'artefacts' such as documents, reflective journals, artwork, images related to fieldwork or placements and videos. You can use ePortfolio to collate and present information called 'pages' or 'collections'. These pages and collections can then be shared with your teacher using a LEO assignment task or with the world by adjusting the share settings.

Your ePortfolio is your own personal space and no one can access the content of your ePortfolio without your approval and are ready to share.

The platform ACU uses for ePortfolio is called 'Mahara' and your quota limit for your ePortfolio is 128mb. If you require additional storage space contact your lecturer and ask them to request additional space via the LEO support desk.

In your ePortfolio you can:

  • create journals
  • prepare pages
  • store files
  • collect links documenting your education and professional journey
  • create and join groups to create peer learning communities

Use your ePortfolio to:

  • record your learning and professional experiences
  • showcase your academic and personal skills
  • submit ePortfolio assessment tasks using LEO

Your ePortfolio is accessed by clicking the 'My portfolio' link in the 'Navigation' menu after you have logged into LEO.

1. Log into LEO using your ACU username and password

2. Click the MyPortfolio link

image displays access to My ePortfolio link in the Navigation block

ACU provides email and telephone support services for students and staff through its educational technology partner, Androgogic.

Please take the time to read through our Frequently Asked Questions below as you may find the answer you are looking for there.

The Support Desk operating times are:

  • Monday to Friday, 8am - 10pm (Sydney Time)
  • Weekends and NSW Public Holidays, 9am - 5pm (Sydney Time)
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For Support Desk enquiries please contact us via:

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Page last updated on 24/02/2020

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