Rcampus provides various options for e-portfolio usage.
Three types of solutions are provided.
The limited solution is free of charge, and the following are included:
- one showcasing e-portfolio consisting of 5 pages with basic slides.
The advanced solution costs $25 per year. It can become expensive, but it includes:
- the opportunity to build unlimited learning and assessment e-portfolios with 30 pages per e-portfolio and advanced sliding tiles.
- structured matrices
- guided learning
- multiple evaluators
- self- and peer assessment
- rubric assessment
- performance monitoring
The pricing for the enterprise solution need to be discussed with them. This solution includes all features mentioned under advanced option but add the following affordances:
- standards and outcomes management systems
- integration with SIS and other systems
- institutional administration
Creating a free version
Creating a free version was quite easy. After signing up as an individual student and confirming my email address, I could log in. To create an e-portfolio, you click on ePortfolios, then on Build, and the you complete the form.
I have used Test 101 (title) and test101 (Access code). The code can be shared with others who need access to the -e-portfolio.
I got the message that the e-portfolio was created successfully and that it was available an the web address was provided. The following information was also provided.
Build Your Home page
When I clicked on Build your home page, I was taken to this page.
The parts of the page that could be edited were clearly indicated ( see red comment blocks). Instructions and tutorials were available ( see the previous figure). Please note that the layout of the free solution cannot be changed and tiles cannot be deleted or added.
Ease of editing menus
The top and side menus can be easily modified after clicking on ‘edit menus’. The top menu allows visitors to access other areas of Rcampus without leaving the webpage (e-portfolio).
General options include access to:
- e-Portfolio home
- study groups
- private groups
- faculty groups
- the student’s account
- book exchange
- voices and
Students have to click on each of these to allow or deny access. They can also allow members to access their own items when they are logged in, namely:
If access to documents were clicked, they provide access to the member’s documents and not the student’s documents.
The side menu can also be edited. The labels and order can be changed. For the purpose of this test, I regarded the following pages as important components of my e-portfolio:
- About me
- Statement of Purpose
- Task Calender
- Shared Docs
- Join my Webfolio
Ease of add and editing content
Access to pages is available from the side menu. It is quite easy to edit the pages (side menu). Click on the page (I have clicked on Profile, and click on the red EDIT PAGE button).
You can choose to activate the tiles (pages filled with artifacts) and you can edit the content of the page.
I have decided to add the slides (artifacts) only on the artifacts and reflection pages.
The following options are available for pages:
- Three types of layout formats
With regard to content, the following options are avialable:
- change font (few options), size and colour of text
- add hyperlinks
- change size of headings
- add page breaks
- upload images ( a process to be taught)
- links to videos and podcasts, it does not display on the page
Ease of adding content
Adding multimedia content is not easy, therefore students need to be guided. Videos cannot be embedded. When pages are edited, the changes are immediate.
On each page, five slides (blocks) can be used to organise content. The free version does not allow users to use less than 5 or more than five. However, when editing pages, the slides can be hided.
Students can start discussions within their e-portfolios, therefore peers and lecturers can be asked to provide feedback
If used as individual, e-portfolios can be shared via a email. Individual pages can also be shared via email. Others can be invited to look at the portfolio and it can be submitted for course assessment.
See my example.
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E-portfolios can be easily managed.
The following features could not be tested, it is restricted to the paid version:
- rubrics and matrices
- self and peer assessment
- performance monitoring
- standards and outcomes management
- Integration with SIS and other systems
- Institutional admin
- Guided learning
- multiple evaluators
Based on the quality of the e-portfolio created via the free solution, I believe that there are better options available. Furthermore, the fact that the system is hosted by another company is also a matter of concern that need to be addressed.
Examples created by others:
These examples do not use an e-portfolio to its full extend, maybe because it is quite difficult to share multimedia.
I believe we should test the paid version before making a final decision. Since rubrics are included, students will have to be guided to add content. Adding multimedia is quite difficult, therefore guidelines for using the technology have to be provided.