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In this short presentation we will share with you a story of the development of an ePortfolio system at the University of Wolverhampton, relating the many positive impacts the use of the system has had on learning.
Context and History
Ours is a regional university with a reputation for serving under represented students. One way it has achieved this is through the intelligent use of technology. Back in the days of web 1.0, a small team at the university began to develop exciting new technology where the content and access was owned and controlled by the learner. PebblePad was born.
Impact 1 Embedded Use
Learning is personal, life-long and life-wide. Every day about half of the university population log in to use PebblePad to support their studies or to reflect on their diverse learning experiences. Tools in PebblePad promote essential learning skills like planning, reflecting and connecting.
Impact 2 Assessment for learning/Assessment of learning
Assessment both promotes and evaluates learning. Assessing approximately ½ a million eportfolio assets requires powerful functionality. PebblePad provides gateways through which teachers, mentors and peers can share instant, iterative, scaffolded and developmental feedback.
Impact 3 Sharing
PebblePad embraced web 2.0 ideals since before web 2.0 existed. Everything a user creates is private unless it is shared with others. Powerful permissions allow users to choose exactly who they share with and our statistics indicate that this is very important with over 26,000 shared items receiving 195,000 comments.
Impact 4 - Wider Impact
We are at the forefront of learning with and about eportfolios and have willingly shared our knowledge and understanding with the UK learning community and beyond. Our leading and learning is through projects that improve access to higher education; promote use by staff for their own development; promote work-based learning; embed personal development planning; develop new interoperability standards and contribute to two international research coalitions.
Impact 5 - Professional Impact
The exciting work and outstanding results at our School of Education inspired one of the UKs largest professional bodies, the Institute for Learning, to adopt PebblePad to support its members’ professional development.
From its roots as a tool to support learners new to university, PebblePad now supports learning well beyond the traditional university reach. Its impact on learning starts from when learners prepare for university through their early experiences and their later research projects. Ultimately it supports their transition from university into employment and their ongoing professional development.
As our storyboard fills up with evidence relating to our eportfolio journey it occurs to me that the board is neither portable nor easy to share with others. This would have made so much more sense as a PebblePad ePortfolio.
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