Electronic Portfolios

I am currently in Supporting Electronic Portfolio Implementation and Research with Reflective Professional Development. A teacher at Catlin Gabel is interested in implementing electronic portfolios with middle school students this year. A couple of nuggets I have picked up so far: students interviewed in the presentation commented on the long-term nature of electronic portfolio development. Students recognize that they are building a four-year collection of their best work that may play an important role in their college application process. This may help provide students with a long-term vision of their educational program — most students I have met look forward about a year or two from the current time.

The portfolio presenters also comment on online security in this system. Currently, the portfolio sites are password-protected, and the student chooses to share this password with their teachers or external audiences. Wouldn’t it be nice to integrated the portfolio software with the main campus authentication system?

One comment

  1. Bill says:

    I checked out the link to the presentation, and I saw Helen Barret was one of the presenters — her work is great — it sounds like a great session.

    RE "Currently, the portfolio sites are password-protected, and the student chooses to share this password with their teachers or external audiences. Wouldn’t it be nice to integrated the portfolio software with the main campus authentication system?"

    That would be nice — this can be done using OpenID, as OpenID can authenticate against a wide variety of data sources — use OpenID to handle the user management between apps, and, because OpenID is a distributed authentication system with the ability to whitelist/blacklist sites by IP and URL, you could use OpenID to get SSO/basic profile management (user/password, plus a little extra) securely, across multiple sites on different domains.