Life’s achievements however big or small start as soon as you’re born; from childhood to adulthood you continuously learn, every single day. The way in which these achievements are documented, however, differ dramatically. Some people keep paper documentation, some have e-portfolios, whilst others don’t have anything at all.
In life there are those key moments that are integral to a person’s progression, and this documentation is crucial for smooth transition and understanding of their skills. There are several phases in life that require the ‘bridging the gap’ approach, particularly for moving from primary to secondary school, secondary school to college or university and from post-secondary education into a career.
In the majority of cases students will be given a certificate, and the relevant paperwork will be filled out. However, this doesn’t always showcase the abilities, effort and skills that a student has or has undergone. It wouldn’t provide an outlet to illustrate examples of work that has been completed by the student, or give insights into the way that they learn. Furthermore it wouldn’t demonstrate how the student engages when working in a group or singularly.
By having an e-portfolio, all achievements can be recorded safely and securely online, moving with the person as they progress throughout their life. It can showcase the work they can achieve, illustrating their ability to deconstruct problems, while providing evidence of critical thinking, collaboration and inventiveness.
When e-portfolios are used in class it enables a new pedagogy that focuses on blended learning. It provides a platform for multi channel learning, encourages collaboration and engagement with fellow students and increases student engagement as they can physically see their achievements.
When students finally take their first steps into the real working world, from post secondary education, the facilities available on an e-portfolio allow them to create a personalised space. This allows a prospective employer to better evaluate job readiness and whether they are suitable for the role, based upon the information added to their e-portfolio, e.g. work experience and extracurricular activities.
So that we can give children the best possible chance to show progression and ensure a smooth transition throughout life, a document of their strengths and achievements is crucial. An e-portfolio fulfills those needs.