Suggestions on building ePortfolio (Student)

ePortfolio is implemented to offer you a platform to document, manage and reflect upon your own learning at EdUHK. You are required to create ePortfolios to document and reflect on your formal and informal learning experiences. Apart from describing your learning experience, you are also encouraged to reflect on your learning experience with reference to the GILO Rubrics and use the rubrics as a direction for writing your reflection.

 

Elements of outstanding ePortfolios

     Using different font sizes and colours

It would be a nice idea to include headings for your reflections, and you can also use different colours to highlight key ideas. This will make your ePortfolio more beautiful and easier to read, but make sure the page will not contain too many colours and distract the audience.

 

 

     Supplementing with photos and videos

Inclusion of photos and videos will help audience understand your learning experience better. Inserting photos and videos randomly will affect the organization of the page, therefore, placement of the media files should be carefully designed to match with the text.

 

√     Using collection of pages for different learning experiences (more relevant for GECC and FE)

You can describe different learning experiences in individual pages to make the structure clearer, and the pages should be with similar layout design to make your ePortfolio more consistent.

 

     Demonstration of GILOs development as a list (more relevant for GECC)

You should show how your learning experience developed your GILOs, and you can also describe your level on individual GILO with reference to the GILO Rubrics. You can also include a list to showcase the relationship between your past learning experiences and GILOs development.

 

     Inclusion of learning goals or future plans (more relevant for GECC)

If you are in Year 1, we recommend you to set up learning goals for your 4/5 years of study in the University. You can set up your goals with reference to the individual report on GILOs and state concrete plans on how to improve areas where enhancement is needed. If you are approaching the end of your study in the University, for example if you are now enrolled in GECC or FE courses, you are advised to include future learning plans, so you can lead to life-long learning. You may also include learning plans for a specific course, such as GILOs you would like to develop, and evaluate if the targets have been met at the end of the course. For more tips on how to write your learning plans, you may read “How to do reflective writing with the help of GILO Rubrics?” below.

 

Areas that require more attention

×     Using very small fonts

Audience cannot see your content clearly if a very small font size was adopted, and they may lose patience while reading.

 

×     Using non-contrast colours or dark background

For pages using non-contrast colours, audience cannot distinguish text easily from the background, and hence affect the readability. For pages using dark background and fluorescent font colours, though it might be eye-catching, audience might find reading the page tiring.

 

How to do reflective writing with the help of GILO Rubrics?

My reflection:

Write a small paragraph about your reflection on your GILOs.

1. What – Identify strengths and weaknesses

–          Identify my strengths and weaknesses on GILOs (based on the self-assessment GILOs report (individual report)[1]/ own experiences)
–          What are the results of my individual report? Describe them.
–          Does the report provide something new for me to understand my generic skills achievements?

 

e.g. GILOs that I am good at:

–          Communication Skills (written and oral)
–          Social Interaction Skills 

GILOs that I hope to improve:

–          Creative Thinking Skills
–          Problem-solving skills

 

2. Why – Explore reasons for my strengths and weaknesses

–          How did I develop the generic skills (in the previous year(s))?
–          What challenges did I encounter and how did I try to solve them?
–          Why am I weak at certain skills?
–          Are there any examples that can illustrate my strengths and weaknesses?

 

3. How – Find ways for improvement 

–          What goals will I set?
–          How can I achieve the goals?

 

My learning plans:

Write learning plans on how to improve your GILOs

   Practical
(e.g. “read a few pages per day” rather than “read one book per day”)

   Measurable
(e.g. “remember 5 new words per day” rather than “learning some new words ”)

   Relevant
(e.g. “I want to join sport team to improve my social skills” rather than “I want to join sport team to improve my writing skills”)

   Specific
(e.g. “I want to be able to identify pros and cons of different arguments” rather than “I want to improve my critical thinking skills”)

   Sustainable
(e.g. “I commit to voluntary work for the betterment of others and personal growth” rather than “I participate in voluntary work for getting the scholarship”)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


[1] Students will be invited to conduct a survey on their self-perception of GILOs at the beginning of studies and an individual report showing the results for each of the students will be provided to students individually.

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