This week, we will look at posting electronic portfolios on the Internet. There are two different strategies for publishing electronic portfolios on the Internet: using a customized system or creating your own portfolio in WWW-compatible formats and posting those files to a web server. What is required to publish electronic portfolios on the Internet? Find web server space to store your portfolio, and find appropriate software to convert your document into WWW-accessible format.

There are a variety of commercial systems that are available to create and store online portfolios. A partial list of these sites can be found at http://electronicportfolios.com/portfolios/bookmarks.html#vendors
Most of these online systems do not require any special software, other than a web browser to manage the portfolio. Costs vary but are comparable to the price of a textbook, and some can only be purchased as an institution-wide adoption. Many schools and universities are installing their own portfolio servers.

Finding a Web Server to post your own portfolio: You can also create your own files in HTML (HyperText Markup Language) and other web-compatible files, such as Adobe Acrobat PDF (Portable Document Format) files. There are a variety of Web servers that you can use:

Here are our activities for the week:
Review how to prepare a web site version of your portfolio highlights and post to Web server (either provided by your University/school or try one of the "free" sites)
Discuss the issues of posting e-portfolios to the WWW.
Discuss curriculum changes that need to occur so that students have opportunities to develop digital artifacts
Begin review of at least one online e-portfolio management system. Sign up for free guest accounts on at least one of the following commercial systems: TaskStream, University of Minnesota's Open Source Portfolio Initiative (OSPI).
Review the PLP, an online portfolio and learning support system being developed in Vermont.

Don't forget to read the more detailed document for this week, either in the Blackboard Course Documents, or online at http://helenbarrett.com/class/mod3.html#2