As a capstone project for your Teacher Education Program, Elementary and Secondary Teacher Candidates enrolled in the Bachelor of Education Program at UBC are required to develop an ePortfolio for EDUC 452. More information about the Portfolio requirements can be found on the TEO website.
You can also view my own ‘portfolio sandbox’ where I test and write about different tips and tricks that will support you in developing an eP. http://blogs.ubc.ca/testingportfolio/
In selecting a platform for your eP, it is important that you are aware that the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) does not allow you to upload student work product or photographs to any American based servers. Luckily, UBC Blogs uses a Canadian housed WordPress server and, therefore, if using UBC Blogs, you will be able to utilize media that you collect on your practicum. There are still a few issues involved in protecting student privacy and permissions, but overall, using UBC Blogs will put you in a strong position to develop an attractive and meaningful resource.
TEO strongly recommends that any ePortfolios produced for EDUC452 are made on UBC Blogs/Wordpress. Since UBC Blogs uses a Canadian WordPress server, this will eliminate issues associated with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act with respect to American servers. Most, if not all, of the blog options online are American housed. Should TC’s choose to use a server other than UBC Blogs, they may not upload any photos of students or student work product to their ePortfolios as this would be in contravention of FIPPA. Using UBC Blogs, there are still privacy issues that need to be considered, but TC’s may upload appropriately protected photos, videos and student work product to their ePortfolios.
Please note that the Faculty of Education efolio blog (http://blogs.ubc.ca/portfolio/) and UBC’s ePortfolio wiki (http://wiki.ubc.ca/Documentation:Eportfolio_Basics/Elearning) both contain detailed information and handy tips on how to set up an eP.
If you have related questions, please feel free to comment and I’ll try to answer or help you discover the answer! View the Workshop Schedule for drop-in working times to learn to navigate in WordPress and get a start on an eP.
The following links are very useful in eportfolio creation:
CTLT also houses information about ePortfolios and offers twice weekly drop-in sessions to support students and faculty with WordPress.
Some eP EXAMPLES (more to come):