Are you wondering why you are doing all this?

Why are ePortfolios Important?
  • They are a means to share content with faculty, teachers, award granting agencies, or future employers.
  • They document history of personal growth and can be used as an assessment tool for instructors and for students.
  • They allow for personal control of learning history, build connections, and encourage planning for future learning.
  • They are organic objects that can grow with life experiences and expanded on to reflect professional development.
(adapted from George Siemens' ePortfolio article, which is available at elearnspace).

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Having an ePortfolio, gives you something at the end of the course to take away apart from your grade. It is something you can show to potential employers to showcase your strength and things you have done in the course. It is a good way to show them that you have got experience.

It also gives your colleagues in class an opportunity to learn from you or in some cases help you in some way or the other. It's like whenever you update your status on Facebook or Bebo and your friends come along and say 'I like this' or they let you know what they think of your status update.

It also gives you an opportunity to create your own learning space, something you are in-charge of. It doesn't have to be 'formal'. You can give it a feel and look of your own.

It also gives you an opportunity to showcase any prior knowledge you may have from the years before you start the course. This wouldn't normally be otherwise, the opportunity never comes by.

Your Blog posts will be validated by your peers in class and your teacher. This is done when member in class and teacher post comments. The word validate means endorsement, assuring the person who is reading the post that yes you indeed did this and it is not something that has been made up.

At the end of the course you could put together a Video Portfolio as this student did:

It becomes easier to do this because you have got all the materials you need (you would have collected pictures, videos etc). All you are doing at this stage is collating them.

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