ERIC Number: EJ844277
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Reference Count: 0
ePortfolios Meet Social Software
Waters, John K.
Campus Technology, v21 n2 p32-34, 36, 38, 40 Oct 2007
Although a seemingly good idea, electronic portfolios have to date failed to gain significant traction in higher education. Institutions with ePortfolio implementations routinely report high numbers of accounts on their campuses, but few believe that those numbers are a meaningful reflection of actual usage. Change is in the air for the ePortfolio, thanks to the recent advent and grass-fire proliferation of so-called Web 2.0 technologies. Wikis, blogs, and especially social networks, which did not even exist five years ago, are influencing the thinking of ePortfolio designers and potential users. This article discusses the first commercially available version of the Epsilen Environment which combines a set of ePortfolio tools with a social networking framework. The result of six years of research and development, Epsilen is being billed as a new model for the next generation of lifelong learners and professionals. It comes bundled with an ePortfolio management system, global learning system, group collaboration software, object repository, blogging tools, wiki application, messaging capabilities, and resume writing software, among other tools. It is believed that the new ePortfolio/social software hybrid will provide the "stickiness" needed to expand the true adoption rate, and get people to use the technology.
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Computer Software, Educational Technology, Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Internet, Adoption (Ideas), Social Networks, Portfolio Assessment, Portfolios (Background Materials), Higher Education
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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