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  1. 1. Electronic Portfolios: An Open Source Solution Stephen D. Sorden Northern Arizona University AACE E-Learn Conference Washington D.C. November 3, 2004
  2. 2. Flagstaff, Arizona
  3. 3. Problems in the Past <ul><li>Paper-based versions were bulky. </li></ul><ul><li>Properly conducted, student-teacher interaction is very time consuming. </li></ul><ul><li>After wide-spread interest, practical limitations have cooled enthusiasm. </li></ul>
  4. 4. New Promise of ePortfolios <ul><li>Storage is no longer an issue. </li></ul><ul><li>Geographical limits are overcome. </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher-Student and peer interaction still time-consuming, but more manageable. </li></ul>
  5. 5. 3 General Purposes of Portfolios <ul><li>Learning (formative) </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment (summative) </li></ul><ul><li>Employment (marketing) </li></ul><ul><li>Helen Barrett (2001) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Assessment or Learning Tool? <ul><li>ePortfolios remain controversial as a tool for assessment. </li></ul><ul><li>Learner-centered approaches seem to encounter less resistance. </li></ul><ul><li>Promote lifelong learning and reflection </li></ul>
  7. 7. Learning Portfolios <ul><li>Learning portfolios are purposeful collections of artifacts that demonstrate the learning experiences of the owner. </li></ul><ul><li>Chen & Mazow (2002) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Reflection <ul><li>Reflection is the process of thinking about something from a new perspective in order to understand something more deeply. </li></ul><ul><li>It is a critical part of the process in creating a learning portfolio. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Commercial ePortfolios <ul><li>FolioLive by Mcgraw-Hill </li></ul><ul><li>TaskStream </li></ul><ul><li>Folio by ePortaro </li></ul><ul><li>College LiveText </li></ul><ul><li>FolioTek </li></ul>
  10. 10. Open Source Software <ul><li>Popular misconception is that it is free </li></ul><ul><li>Key element is that source code is open </li></ul><ul><li>Can usually be modified as needed </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial support of O/S software </li></ul><ul><li>Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, OpenOffice, uPortal, Sakai Project are examples. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Why Open Source Makes Sense for Higher Education <ul><li>Schools can pool technical resources </li></ul><ul><li>Control product development cycles </li></ul><ul><li>Product is tailored to higher education </li></ul><ul><li>Few to no licensing restrictions </li></ul><ul><li>Fulfills mission of higher education </li></ul>
  12. 12. Open Source Portfolio Initiative <ul><li>Founded in 2003 by University of Minnesota, U. of Delaware, & r-smart </li></ul><ul><li>Software is “free” </li></ul><ul><li>No licensing restrictions </li></ul><ul><li>Can be freely modified </li></ul><ul><li>Thousands of downloads </li></ul><ul><li>An active development community </li></ul>
  13. 13. OSPI <ul><li>A community of individuals and organizations collaborating on the development of the leading non-proprietary, open source electronic portfolio software available. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.theospi.org </li></ul>
  14. 14. My OSPI Platform <ul><li>Windows XP (COE runs on Linux) </li></ul><ul><li>Apache 2.0.50 </li></ul><ul><li>Tomcat 4.1.30 </li></ul><ul><li>OSPI 1.5 </li></ul><ul><li>MySQL 4.0.20 (Navicat client for $85) </li></ul><ul><li>OpenSSH </li></ul><ul><li>Java J2sdk </li></ul><ul><li>mysql-connector-java-3.0.14 </li></ul><ul><li>PHP 4.3.8 (not necessary, but nice to add) </li></ul>(Everything runs on Windows)
  15. 15. Future of OSPI <ul><li>Over $1,000,000 in development funds </li></ul><ul><li>OSP 2.0 targeted for May 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Contributors: U. of Minnesota, Indiana University, r-smart, and many others. </li></ul><ul><li>Integration with Sakai Project </li></ul><ul><li>CIGs: Common Interest Groups </li></ul>
  16. 16. OSPI Web Site http:// theospi.org
  17. 17. Screenshots
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