The Latest in Open Source Online Portfolios

Although I missed Bill Fitzgerald’s Educon 2.2 presentation about online portfolios in Drupal, I’ve been studying his demo site for that presentation:

http://educon20.com/posts/4/user

I need to overlay his recent work with his book about the educational development of Drupal (http://www.funnymonkey.com/), but he’s stating some very intriguing ideas about a more simplified portfolio structure that servers several purposes at once.

We normally think of portfolios as a way to students to select and share work for assessment, but his approach is to build the portfolio concept right into the development of units by teachers. Thus, they are building and sharing multi-year teaching portfolios with each other, while also using the units with students, who develop their own portfolios in response.

He speaks of this as possibly creating more openness and searchable examples between faculty, much in the way that curriculum mapping has attempted in the past. We are spending next week building and revising a pilot Drupal system for middle school students to use for blogging (using ideas from his book), but at the same time we’ll try to think about larger issues like this as we map out the information and access design of the site.

Should be fun.

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