Alan writes about a “breakthrough” at his community college consortium that combines e-portfolios and RSS feeds. As Alan says:
This is just out of the chute, and there are some more features coming iin the next few weeks. But consider what a tool RSS can provide to teachers, advisors, etc to be able to use a RSS reader to check on the status of a group of students’ portfolios.
Now I’ve been thinking for a long time about using Weblogs as e-portfolios, and I know that Manila can spit out an RSS feed for news items when they are posted, but this seems like another step toward what Tom’s been referring to as a “Webloggy Website for Schools.” As this article out of Berkeley articulates, the potentials for e-ports on student learning are pretty extensive:
The ePortfolio has, in turn, come to be seen as a major tool in the pedagogy of student-centered learning and student-directed development; and, as a way for students to piece the fragmented nature of their varied activities and courses into a trajectory of their educational and professional development.
The RSS feed is a key, though, because this new type of e-portfolio would be able to seamlessly update any number of people when new artifacts have been posted, and in doing so could facilitate feedback and participation from a variety of mentors or guides. Makes me want once again to offer up a program by which students can gain credit by maintaining a reflective Weblog that archives artifacts from across the curriculum and asks them to select a number of them at the end of the year and do some real metacognitive posting about their learning as a whole, all along interacting with key responders that would help guide the student to that more global (as opposed to fragmented) understanding. That would just be too cool.
UPDATE: A related link for future thinking.
Clément Laberge says
The idea you describe (so as Alan) seems a lot like the one we conduct at the Institut St-Joseph de Québec since last september.
42 students (10 to 12 years old), using about 100 weblogs, monitored by teachers, principal, parents, community members and… of course, other students.
The experience was presented last week at ICEM (www.icem2004.org) and should be the subject of a couple of texts in the next few weeks.
Despit our more than imperfect english, we are of course interested with collaboration on similar projects wherever they are.