At Foliotek, we have been eating, sleeping, and dreaming about eportfolios for more than ten years. During that time, we have seen the dynamics that surround eportfolio pedagogy evolve. This has been a natural result of more people hearing about and experiencing the benefits the eportfolio affords. Both the process of building an eportfolio and the end product are very powerful tools for learning and showcasing knowledge, skills, and competencies. From high stakes assessment for industry credentialing, to the college-to-career transition, eportfolios are a versatile and powerful tool. Obviously, the process of evolution involves change; and change is a predominant theme in how eportfolios have been, and are now being, used. However, one thing has remained consistent: ePortfolios are not easy to build.
Well, that is about to change. Welcome the new addition, Foliotek Projects, as we like to refer to them, baby eportfolios (ohh… look at them, aren’t they so cute).
This week we have introduced a new feature into the Foliotek platform, a foundational concept that will be the driving force in our future development. Projects are a new way for a person to quickly create content upon which they can reflect and showcase for any purpose. Let me elaborate.
One of the greatest challenges of eportfolio practice is what I refer to as “blank page paralysis.” Meaning, I’m looking at this blank page, what do I put on it? With the introduction of projects, there is no more blank page paralysis. Instead of the overwhelming task of filling an entire eportfolio, you simply work on one project at a time. We all have projects we have done that demonstrate our skills, knowledge, and competencies. Projects, in Foliotek, allow you to take those discrete data points, neatly package them, and present them in a visibly appealing way. This allows you to focus on the meta aspects of your project and baby step your way into the development of your complete eportfolio content.
Why be overwhelmed with the entire process of building an extensive eportfolio, when all you need to do is focus on one thing at a time.
Foliotek projects are going to allow you to give concentrated effort on easily gathering and presenting the artifacts as they pertain to an individual piece of work. Projects will allow you to connect your work with skills and competencies as well as write descriptive reflections related to your journey. Ultimately, projects will be used in assessments, for collaborative work, and shared privately and/or publicly. With each project you add, the richer your eportfolio becomes; only you don’t have to stare at a blank page and figure out what to write. Focusing on one thing at a time will allow that work to naturally occur.