Last month, 25 colleagues attended the first LITEbox event, Getting started with e-portfolios. It is well known that e-portfolios are becoming increasingly popular at the University of Bath. They are a powerful tool which enables students to reflect on their own learning, highlighting the improvement of skills which students are developing over time. During the event, we were joined by two colleagues who were keen to share their experiences of using e-portfolios to enhance the student learning experience.
Louise Oliver, Faculty Placements Manager in the Faculty of Science, discussed the placements programme in the Department of Computer Science. The e-portfolio application Mahara is now used as a key component in supporting first year students through building, and reflecting upon, employability skills development within a range of activities. Louise explored the use of Mahara, together with Moodle and Panopto, the lecture capture platform, along with how short screencasts were utilised to develop blended and self-paced modes of delivery and development.
Following this, Dr Lyn Hanning, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, gave an engaging overview of how e-portfolios have been used to facilitate a review of assessment processes and enhance QA processes. Moving away from paper based portfolio submission to a wiki-based e-portfolio, Lyn described how this mirrored the assessment tasks in the programme but in a far more dynamic and flexible way. Students, in turn, completed practice based activities and uploaded evidence of these in the form of structured tasks, attendance logs and reflection.
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