e-portfolio or digital portfolio is what I believe an abused resource of traditional portfolio. Do we remember the kind of portfolio that we used to have with a thick of papers, tremendous ink is use, flipping one by one to look at one another in a big file and a big space to save all of them? I think the presence of e-portfolio will help us to make our life easier and systematic. Oh! I forgot.
What is e-portfolio? E-portfolio is a collection of electronic evidence assembled and managed by a user, usually on the Web (also called Webfolio). Such electronic evidence may include inputted text, electronic files, images, multimedia, blog entries, and hyperlinks. E-portfolios are both demonstrations of the user's abilities and platforms for self-expression, and, if they are online, they can be maintained dynamically over time. Some e-portfolio applications permit varying degrees of audience access, so the same portfolio might be used for multiple purposes.
Unlike traditional portfolio, students have been taught to create digital identities using presentation software or tools to create web pages. Such technologies, however, are not easily utilized by children or elderly people who lack web authoring skills or a hosted site. More recently the use of virtual learning environments (VLEs) in schools and universities has led to an increased activity in the creation of e-portfolios for a variety of reasons. Most of these e-portfolios, however, are retained within the VLE and are not easily accessed outside the VLE. This results in problems of exporting data and related interoperability issues. An alternative approach is to use a system externally hosted to any institution. This permits transition through the various stages of education and employments and even into retirement.
But both e-portfolio and traditional portfolio has something in common, both can facilitate students' reflection on their own learning, leading to more awareness of learning strategies and needs.
One day, I hope all the primary kids in Malaysia have the opportunities to access this amazing portfolio in a way to enhance their learning, skills, high order thinking skills and etc. :)