Is this what most people will understand an e-portfolio to be?
What is the e-portfolio?
We have defined the teacher e-portfolio as ..." a collection of authentic and diverse evidence of teaching competence that has been the subject of reflection, synthesis and selection for presentation to a professional audience for a specific purpose.”
No. There are many different views about e-portfolios and there are many types. For some more information on the huge variation of e-portfolios go to metaphors for e-portfolios.
What is the advantage of having a teacher e-portfolio?
1. Teachers will be able to use a wide range of formats to show evidence of their professional development.
2. As more and more teachers use ICT they can easily convert their work into evidence of learning.
3. They will not have to print loads of information.
4. The e-portfolio has ready-made tools to make life easier.
5. The e-portfolio will build into a lifelong learning professional record.
So, what makes a teacher e-portfolo special?
The teacher e-portfolio is linked directly to the Northern Ireland professional development tasks that teachers are required to undertake. We have not trialled any uses beyond these tasks.
Is the information in the e-portfolio private?
Yes - it is completely private. Others will see only what you have shared with them and nothing else in your e-portolio area.
How secure it the e-portfolio?
Each user has a personal ID and password. Of course, you need to be careful with your password and ID information.
Are there any restrictions on file size?
No, but users need to be sensible about the quantity and size of files that they upload. We recommend that you upload files less than 4MB. While you may have a fast connection, others viewing your work may not.
When do I need to use my e-portfolio?
The e-portfolio is designed to help teachers complete mandatory professional development activities such as Career Entry Profile, Induction Action Plan, PRSD and so on. However, it is good practice to record appropriate reflections and evidence of development.
What if I don't want to use my e-portfolio?
The Te-PNI project is a pilot and therefore not open to everyone. If you would like to get involved follow the links on the front page. The project is not compulsory.
Who should I share my e-portfolio with?
The e-portfolio can be shared with anyone who has an email account. This includes your peers, tutors, teachers, support personnel or others.
From where can I access my e-portfolio?
Anywhere where there is access to the internet.
Should I put all my files into the e-portfolio?
No. You should upload only those files that help you reflect on and represent your professional learning. We recemmend a slim but highly reflective e-portfolio where viewers can see your professional learning quickly and easily.
The Te-PNI seems more work than the paper portfolio?
Maybe there is an initial feeling of extra work or duplication. However, the Te-PNI software provides a one-stop area for professional development - from computer to e-portfolio in one click. Also, over the long term (ITE, Induction, EPD, PRSD and PQH) we believe that the system will save time and provide a more effective professional development tool.
This e-portfolio seems to be a step towards "Big Brother". I am worried that others will be able to check up on me without me knowing.
The Te-PNI is based on six fundamental principles, one of which is the privacy of all information. Our system is based on individual passwords. The system tracks usage this is completely anonymous and cannot be traced to any individuals. Under data protection law, we cannot divulge any individual's information without an person's permission (except in the case of illegal or inappropriate use of the software of course).
How safe is my data in the long term?
As with all IT based work, you need to make sure you have a back up copy of your work. You can down load all information from single files to complete webfolios. There are online instructions that will show you how this is done. We would advise all users to ensure that they have back up copies made. It does not take long to do and is good practice.