How users and audiences engage with e-portfolios and related learning activities and perceive their potential benefits is a critical factor in their success. Jisc projects have worked with a range of user groups including different types of learners and practitioners in varied educational contexts and have explored how different audiences, in particular employers and professional bodies, respond to e-portfolios.
Learners have varied responses to e-portfolios depending upon their previous experiences, attitudes to IT, independent learning, tutor engagement and understanding of the process.
Tutor engagement is vital to the successful implementation of e-portfolios. Learners will not commit to developing and maintaining an e-portfolio if there is no continuing support provided by tutors.
There is a diverse response to e-portfolios by employers for recruitment, PDP and work-based learning purposes. This depends on the sector although further work is being done to increase understanding of the real benefits in this area, particularly in the context of employability.
Increasing interest and use of e-portfolios for CPD and accreditation amongst some professional bodies is acting as a driver for implementation within the curriculum.
As institutional policies in higher and further education institutions are shaped by various drivers, they are likely to take holistic view of e-portfolio implementation and use, considering how this can bring maximum benefit to a range of constituencies and stakeholders.