February 20th, 2013
of you may have noticed a new trend: the emergence of the "eportfolio”
dedicated solely to placement.
have talked with one of the providers of this new form of portfolio over the
past few months and just recently was pointed to another one. The first
is Seelio (http://seelio.com/)
and the other is Portfolium (http://www.theportfolium.com/). I would be
surprised if there are not more around.
I can gather from a brief glimpse at Portfolium is that they help the student
develop a sensational multimedia Web site with links to artifacts. Once
the student or learner has the Web site with links, they can look through the
posted jobs from Portfolium. (When searching for "Portfolium” use the
offers a similar kind of service but is also working to create a learning
and assessment eportfolio.
concern for AAEEBL and the community, however, is the further confusion about
portfolio terminology. The placement portfolio takes the term portfolio
into an unfamiliar territory – or maybe all too familiar: making it seem
that a "portfolio” is merely a Web site presentation.
have also heard a number of provider reps for regular eportfolio systems say
that "the student can create as many eportfolios as they want to.” When I
asked one rep what that meant, the rep made it clear to me he was referring to
Web sites. The student, that is, could make as many presentations – such
as a capstone eportfolio – as they wanted. The idea that a portfolio is
only a Web site trivializes the entire core learning values that are at the
center of AAEEBL and the eportfolio community world wide.
problem is that, right now, there is no reference definition for
"eportfolio.” A "reference definition” means the standard definition a
community agrees upon. The Wikipedia definition does not serve our
current needs very well in that regard. Therefore, the AAEEBL community
needs to address this issue. We need a group from the membership to
provide one standard reference definition at least for the U. S., but
preferably for the world.
need terminology and a definition for this new placement portfolio, for a
capstone portfolio, for an institutional assessment portfolio, a learning
portfolio and so on. We cannot control human discourse, nor would we wish
to. But we can at least let people know they can go to one URL to see a
definition ratified by AAEEBL.