How can an ePortfolio improve knowledge construction?
An ePortfolio is a repository, a blog, a website builder, a study planner, a Personal Learning Environment, or a Personal Learning Network/Community of Practice? Explore the features that can take your learning to the next level and support your life-long learning career.
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. As mentioned before it also allows you to progress your career by reflecting on your current practices and developing your skills in conversation with your peers.
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:
collect links documenting your education and professional journey
create and join groups to create peer learning communities