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Name: Minnesota State Colleges and Universities/University of Minnesota/Avenet
The following questions are a compilation of the questions and
concerns identified in an informal polling of eportfolio community members
during spring 2011. The answers are the vendor's responses.
What vision or understanding of learning
informed the design of your tool?
We developed eFolio as a user-centeredapplication for students, teachers and workers,
to be wholly owned and controlled by the user as a lifelong,lifewidelearning portfolio.Learning cannot be
isolated to one event but results from a collection of experiences that gain
meaning over time and through the learner's reflective process. The portfolio
process allows this to occur when it lives within the curriculum or is valued
independently by the user.We view eFolio as THE
way to bestobserveand evaluate learning outcomes.
How does your vision of learning promote a
student-centeredapproach to education? (e.g. student ownership of his/her
The tool was constructed from the outset with user ownership as a
core value.The learner is called to
purposeful reflection.They must select those
items that best highlight their learning growth and experience and clearly
connect why it is important within the collection of their evidence.Recent additions of administrative aides, such
as sponsor and evaluationtools, have not diluted
this user centric model.
Does your tool allow students to control
permissions? Can they share with people outside of the institution? How? (e.g.,
advisor, prospective employer, etc.).
Users control access to the portfolio content. Users can share
their content privately or publicly and can construct unique views ofdiscretesubsets of content at their discretion.
What is the process for inviting feedback on
Users can request feedback on any individualartifactat their discretion. Feedback can be in
the form ofLikertscale,
question-answer, free-form text or editorial with permissions.
Describe how your tool promotes and supports
Users can utilize any of the feedback mechanisms or they can share
any specific site view with other users at their discretion or as directed by
Describe how your tool promotes and supports
Again, users can utilize any of the feedback mechanisms or share a
specific site view with educators. In addition, eFolio services, such as
profiles and questionnaires, provide guided interactions between faculty and
How does your tool support and encourage the
reflection process for students and faculty?
At the individual item level, the tool encourages and supports the
reflection process. Also, users can include multiple reflections over time. The
ability tocapturereflections has always been a core feature of
How does your tool address and support
institutional level assessment needs (e.g., aggregating student data and
generating reports for accreditation)?
Through institutional-level tools, sponsors can structure, query
and evaluate individual user data and generate aggregate reports.
Does your application integrate with
enterprise systems? Which ones? Do you have examples of effective integration
in support of advising or other student services you can share?
We have not yet been requested to construct an interface with a
Student Information System. We have integrated with other enterprise tools,
however, such as Moodle and Shibboleth. We would be pleased to offer
integration with other information systems or electronic student services as
What is the main strength of your application?
A core strength of eFolio is its ability to support and empower a
diverse set of users with a lifelong and lifewide portfolio solution while
simultaneously providing tools to support institutional and educator needs to
demonstrate user learning outcomes.That items can be added over time, combined in various views for
audience emphasis or tagged for efficiency of collecting related items into one
aggregate object, eFolio supports the lifewide functionality of one's content.
What weaknesses have been identified relative
to the user experience and shared with you?
The current release of the tool does not provide as much
design/layout flexibility as some users would like. Also, adding content
involves a two-step process that some users find cumbersome and less intuitive
than they would like. We expect to address these concerns in future releases.
Please share some examples of user feedback.
have received extremely positive user feedback, especially from attendees at
our annual eFolioSummitevents. Links to these examples are atwww.efolioworld.com.
Please share examples of the successful use of
your application to help students achieve their goals undefined admission to
graduate school, career placement and advancement, etc.
have received testimonials from many users. One recent example of how the tool
has been utilized by students can be viewed at http://stlouispark.patch.com/articles/two-st-louis-park-teachers-offer-vision-of-21st-century-classroom
What key changes or features do you plan to
introduce in the near future?
We expect to offer enhanced design features, betteriPadintegration, an assessment dashboard, and other evaluation tools
and services in upcoming product releases.
System Requirements End User:The eFolio system is a
hosted web service.The user simply needs to
have access to a web-browser enabled device to use eFolio. It supports current
and legacy browsers.
System Requirements Server: N/A
Hosted service?TheeFoliosystemis a hosted software
service.For very large
implementations, self hosted solutions are available as negotiated.
Storage Capacity (per account): Currently, the standard internal storage capacity is 50MB,
although this limit is negotiable. Other stored content can be easily embedded
within or linked to an eFolio.
privacy and data practices rules required by sponsors. Underage user sites are
defaulted to private and cannot be made public. All other users have complete
control over privacy settings for each artifact in their portfolio. In addition,
there are opt-in/opt-out procedures for usersparticipatingin data sharing with
faculty seeking to evaluate portfolio content.
Standards compliance: eFolio is IMSeportfolio compliant. We
are following the emerging portfolios standards activity and will maintain
compliance with any nationally and internationally adopted standards.
Section 508 compliance: eFolio is Section 508 compliant. Web accessibility has been a
core concern throughout our develoment history.
We do not have a published API for eFolio, but we are pleased to work with any
entity seeking to integrate with eFolio. We were the first portfolio to achieve
IMS eportfolio standard compliance.
Migration/Exportation: Users can import/export content under IMS eportfolio standards.
Systems Integration (list known): Moodle, Shibboleth
Accepted artifacts/media (pictures, video, audio, text, html,
documents, etc.): ALL
Company profile:Avenet Web Solutions is a privately held Minnesota-based
technology company founded in 1999. We have several thousand clients, including
more than 1400 local government clients nationwide. Avenet has been the
technology solution partner for eFolio since its creation in 2001.
Customer base/size: Historically, eFolio has served over 200,000 users. The current
active user base of eFolioMinnesota ismore than 60,000, and the curent eFolioWorld user base ismore than 34,000. We provide portfolios at more
than 100 education institutions in the US.
Student license pricing model: Prices are based on asliding scale, depending on numbers of users, and range from $15
to $4 per user.
Institutional pricing model: Current Institutional module pricing ranges from $1500 to $5000
per module. Additional services, including integration and consulting services,
are negotiated on an hourly basis depending on requirements.
Postgraduate/transfer student license model: Users that leave a sponsoring institution can
continue their eFolio subscription for a modest annual fee. The current annual
fee is $15.
Institution service agreement model: Service agreements, if relevant, are
negotiated as needed.
Online support information: See http://efolioworld.custhelp.com
Institutional support services (Free): Certain services (identified in license quote)
are provided as included in the license fee. All online helpservicesare provided free of charge.
Institutional support services (Fee-based): Training, consulting and development services
are provided at hourly rates as negotiated
IT staffing requirements: No IT staff are required unless integration with other IT
services is requested/required.