Electronic Portfolios

Next year, I am teaching Media in the Information Age in a very different way. It will be a joint graduate/undergraduate course, and everyone will focus on a collaborative project: a web publication. They will keep the work they do toward this in a portfolio, and this will me one of the major means of assessment.

Despite most of the work in the class being electronic, I was assuming that portfolio would be on paper. However, I am now seriously considering an electronic portfolio. It seems that research interest in the educational use of such portfolios (a blog by any other name) is increasing. When the students in question are studying toward a PhD, the line between research and education gets fairly blurry.

I think it’s important, at any rate, to keep an eye on such work, as it has a significant impact on the use of collaborative research via blogs. (A blog by any other name.)

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