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Digital Stories in ePortfolios

September 28th, 2006 by Graham Attwell

One of the big issues in e-Portfolio development is how to foster reflection. Everyone talks about it – but there are few examples of how to do it. I think story telling – or the use of narrative – lays at the heart of the issue – these definitions of reflection are a useful starting point for considering how we can incorporate story-telling as a strategy for reflection.

Reflection is the “heart and soul” of a portfolio. Digital storytelling is a highly motivating strategy that can make reflection concrete and visible. Some definitions of reflection:

  • Careful thought, especially the process of reconsidering previous actions, events, or decisions; an idea or thought, especially one produced by careful consideration of something. (Encarta)
  • One of the defining characteristics of surface learning is that it does not involve reflection. (Moon).
  • Reflection is an active process of witnessing one’s own experience in order to take a closer look at it, sometimes to direct attention to it briefly, but often to explore it in greater depth.(MIT)
  • Reflection is what allows us to learn from our experiences: it is an assessment of where we have been and where we want to go next. (Wolf)

Digital Stories in ePortfolios

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