Guest blog posting by Tamara Malloff
The landscape for eportfolio technologies has been vast and diverse over the years. Districts and individual schools and even classroom teachers have been considering, adopting, selecting or developing their tool of choice with regard to:
– Provincial direction (MyEdBC)
– Enterprise solutions already implemented (Scholantis)
– Open source philosophy (Mahara, ePearl)
– District developed platforms (WordPress multi-site CMS)
– Third Party Vendors (Freshgrade)
These are just some of the drivers for eportfolio adoption. Other considerations are: cost- effectiveness, IT Dept capacity for support, FOIPPA compliance, parent/guardian accessibility, mobile app availability, and alignment with current curricular directions.
As the province moves forward with the new K-9 curriculum implementation and the Grad Program, competency-based learning will continue to be at the forefront of the conversation. Included in this dialogue will be the triangulation of assessment, communicating learning, and reporting.
The EdTech Mentorship Network (ETMN) plays a key role regarding aligning curricular and programming directions with consideration for a technology eco-system that will be optimal in the collection, curation, and sharing of evidence of learning for students in the K to 12 trajectory.
Current challenges in adopting a provincial eportfolio platform have been as a result of district legacies, recent implementation of MyEdBC which promises to eventually house an eportfolio module, and the current availability of third party vendors providing software products that appear to address the need for real-time communication of learning.
Combined with the sense of urgency to address the communication of learning, the divergent perspectives from district technology leaders across the province, and the timeline for implementation of an eportfolio module through the new provincial SIS, the challenge is not which eportfolio system to adopt, but rather how to approach the conundrum in doing so, and asking the right critical questions in the process.
Framework for Dialogue & Critical Questions
– Why is a conversation regarding eportfolios coming to the forefront again?
– What is the state of the nation across our province when it comes to eportfolio
– What are the current challenges in determining and adopting an eportfolio platform?
– What level of consistency is needed across the province when considering an eportfolio
– What are the key considerations when determining a software platform for eportfolios?
The aspects below are starting points for a dialogue regarding eportfolio implementation for the ETMN:
Next steps may include a conversation at the ETMN Think Tank and the ETMN Info session at the Distributed Learning Pre-Conference and Conference proper in April 2015.
Thank you Tamara Malloff — District Vice-Principal, Innovative Learning Services, SD8 Kootenay Lake — for creating this and for allowing it to be shared as a blog posting here.