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Core activity 3.1: Understanding eportfolio software

October 6, 2010
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Mahara

Demo Easy access links to sample portfolios.
Demo page has several videos that demonstrate how to use the tools in the site. I foundthe demo information very quickly
Look & Feel Sample screens display a very simplistic layout. It’s not immediately apparent whether the simplicity of the layout is down to the software itself or the design that has been applied to each sample.
Customise The initial feeling is that complete customisation is possible and like a good blog there is a powerful back end that seems straight forward to use.
Noted Features Demo version is free. 

I am able to upload customised HTML with is a definite personal bonus

Community Seems to be a fairly large and active user group with additional social networking features
Ease of use Initial setup and registration was verry easy. 

The home page is simple to follow and adding widgets to the portfolio was remarkably simple and intuative

PebblePad

Demo Many example portfolio sites with clear descriptions and thumbnails 

These represented a wide variety of users.

I found the background information a little heavy to read

Look & Feel PebblePad has a distinctive style which underlies all the visible sample portfolios
Customise Every sample pebblepad portfolio, although customised, still alwayd has a generic pebblePad layout. This could be both a bonus (for familiarity) as well as a draw back (does not allow for personal differential)
Noted Features PebblePad, although very reasonably priced is not free. This would effect my consumer choice
Community There did not appear, at initial glance, to be an active social network within pebblepad
Ease of use Difficult to judge as demo accounts cannot be procured easily but based on the sample websites I can imagine that it is very straight forward to use

EduTools (2007) Product Listing

Dr Helen Barrett’s Bookmarks (2007) Commercial E-portfolio Vendors

Himpsl, K., Baumgartner, P. (2009) ‘Evaluation of e-portfolio software

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mark Collins permalink
    October 7, 2010 5:40 am

    Hi Simon,

    This is a good comparison which concentrates mainly on the users experience and quite rightly so. If the user does not engage with the eportfolio what is the point!

    One word of caution Mahara might be free but it still requires to be hosted on a server or integrated into a VLE. If your user community is small and doesn’t have an existing VLE PeeblePad hosting service could be more cost effective.

    I tried accessing the Himpsl and Baumgartner paper but it prompts me for a password, how did you manage to get pass this hurdle?

    Regards
    Mark

    • sicowan permalink*
      October 7, 2010 7:29 am

      Hi Mark,

      Thanks for your feedback. My angle on this has been quite selfish in the first instance as I am loking for a hosted solution for myself.

      Interesting that Mahara needs hosted on a portal. I must look into that. There is a really useful thread on the OU tech forum but this is principally aimed at local hosting, something I don’t want to do purely out of convenience of web hosted access.

      With regards to the H&B paper, I’ll be honest and say that I had initially not read it but on seeing your query I took a look, was prompted for login, registered and got the paper. Registration is free.

      Thanks again,
      Simon

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