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Work-based Learning and e-Portfolios: a practitioner’s perspective. Rowena Yeats | | 0121 204 5226 Anne Wheeler | | 0121 204 5227. Why Aston chose e-Portfolios. Committed to delivering a high quality work-based learning (WBL) experience.

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work based learning and e portfolios a practitioner s perspective

Work-based Learning and e-Portfolios: a practitioner’s perspective

Rowena Yeats | | 0121 204 5226

Anne Wheeler | | 0121 204 5227

why aston chose e portfolios
Why Aston chose e-Portfolios
  • Committed to delivering a high quality work-based learning (WBL) experience.
  • Part of the learning and teaching culture is innovative and flexible curriculum development.
  • Institutions need to provide practitioners with the tools that provide an authentic learning environment to the work-based learner’s professional practice.
a range of our wbl use e portfolios
A range of our WBL use e-Portfolios
  • BSc Pharmacy
  • FD in Hearing Aid Audiology
  • FD in Electrical Power Engineering
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice (PGCPP)
  • Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
two themes arose
Two themes arose


  • Logistical aspects of being a teacher and running a module


  • Benefits to the learning experience of the student either explicit or implicit
practitioner motivations
Practitioner motivations


  • Experienced user
  • Part of the module already
  • Suitable for distance learners
  • A training course was provided


  • Experimentation
  • Facilitates personal reflection
  • Flexible platform
  • Personalised learning system
unforeseen benefits
Unforeseen benefits


  • Real time formative feedback
  • Summative feedback can be released all together on completion
  • No restrictions in the number of users


  • Use with lecturers has helped the integration into the learning culture as they use it in their modules
  • Additional work was submitted…
unforeseen disadvantages
Unforeseen disadvantages


  • Problems submitting to gateway
  • Format/new platform worried students, they needed reassurance.






  • Private space to develop personal reflections
  • Sharing function
  • Webfolios facilitate flexible integration of different pieces of work.


  • External examiner access
  • Online help tutorials
  • Ease of use, facilities and layout
  • Particularly suitable for part time distant learners
  • Submission of coursework to a designated gateway
  • Archiving of coursework within gateway


  • Printing is not always consistent with screen view.
  • Limited number of generic profiles
  • Students require additional training and support


  • Complements the institutional VLE


  • Encourages student and staff engagement with CPD/PDP
  • Sharing best practice events
  • Staff can obtain feedback during the course of a module…


  • Access to workshops and training for staff and students


  • When used as a ‘bolt-on’ tool
  • Lack of appropriate assessment methods
  • Not suitable for all disciplines
what we have learnt from practitioners
What we have learnt from Practitioners
  • Staff have had to think carefully how they use the ePortfolio - needs to be used appropriately (best way to elicit rich use by students - and get them into good habits for future / independent use).
  • Need to encourage greater uptake and involvement by more staff (hopefully facilitated by workshops across the University).
  • Pilots have been encouraging and we need to get these examples disseminated within Aston to encourage more staff.
  • Work-based learners have many other commitments on their time (particularly if in full time employment) - therefore they won't be inclined to use the system unless it is embedded into the module.
  • Lifelong learning - benefits of ePortfolio use for both staff and students.