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In Web 2.0 approach towards learning – what’s the value-added?, Glenn Johnson has shared his own perspective on this question as follows:

At the International Coalition of Electronic Portfolio meetings in late February conversation centered around Web 2.0 types of tools – i.e., web tools that go beyond simple publication and encourage participation.  I would certainly consider the Blogs@PennState tool as belong to this category.

What roles do these new web apps play in educational arenas and in particular as they relate to electronic portfolios?  Helen Barrett is always reminding us to look back to  our purpose.

I shared this diagram with participants.  This is my own perspective on this question and includes a lot of what I learned from my conversation in these meetings.


Purpose? …  Would fostering the development of an active and intelligent citizenry (life-long learning) be a reasonable end goal?  This would necessarily involve one’s looking back and thinking about what happens in life and why (reflective practice), which stems from a sense of legitimate agency (self-authorship).  Ok, but how do we get there…

Given this end goal, in working with undergraduates in a variety of curricular and co-curricular experiences does higher education provide opportunities for students to learn and make connections between theory and practice?  Yes, and in many cases we do this very well.  But what e-portfolios has brought to my attention anew is the lack of experience and confidence that these pre-professionals bring to their newly discovered academic or professional contexts.  How do students move from pre-professional to professional?

How do these individuals become accepted members in these new networks?  Can we use the participatory features of new web apps to provide students with a mode of personal expression that instills a sense of identity, but more importantly within this context, access to a community that can help validate their contribution?  Are these strategies that will assist students in gaining ownership in what they have to contribute – better yet – membership in their chosen field of professional endeavor?

I found this article interesting because it refers to the functionality of e-portfolio professional development. As a part of the course, my e-portfolio has been served as the record for my achievements and experience during the IT70 course. However, it can be assessed via QUT website with my granting the assess rights to viewers.

I believe that if we can broaden the accessibility to the e-portfolio it would be really more helpful to improve one’s digital professional presence. I agree with Glenn Johnson that the authorship and copyright are big issues to deal with. However, there should be solutions for granting different level of access.

How about integrate the e-portfolio with professional network like LinkedIn?


On the way of searching Web 2.0 tools for our group’s proposal, I approached this list of the best Web 2.0 applications for education in 2009 made by Larry Ferlazzo

  1. File2.ws
  2. PhotoPeach
  3. Wallwisher
  4. ProProfs
  5. Screentoaster
  6. Blerp
  7. MapTrot
  8. Babelwith.me
  9. Note Pub

10.  Sketchcast

11.  Fur.ly

12.  Google Voice

13.  Gizmoz

14.  Grapevine

15.  Rooh It!

17.  PinDax

18.  DoInk

19.  MapBuzz

20.  PodOmatic

21.  Flash Meeting

22.  Yarp

23.  Doodle

24.  Hipero

25.  Quizlet

26.  Ediscio

27.  Embedit.in

28.  WeToku

29.  Embedr

30.  Strutta

31.  BookRix

32.  Toobla

These applications are ranked by  Larry Ferlazzo in terms of educational purposes. However, based on this list, I end up in my selection, which I hope can help facilitate the activities in Hue LRC, the context of an information center.


  • File2.ws:
I believe that this tool for uploading documents in the format of a web page is terrifically useful for our staffs to update instruction materials on the Internet. We, who have  limited knowledge of  html and other languages for creating online content, will no longer heavily rely on IT staffs for these tasks.
  • PhotoPeach:
The most exciting feature of this application is that quizzes can be created in slideshow. If questions are embeded in slides of the presentation, which is part of the orientation session, it would help improve learners’ participation.
This can be seen as the answer to my ‘desired’ tool for quizzes for orientation sessions, which can be used to evaluate the understanding of learners after the presentation and practical activities. In the past, I was discouraged by some of my ‘beloved’ colleagues from IT division because of the arguments of the complexity of technologies.
  • Wallwisher

This will help creating a virtual meeting space for our division. I imagine of the disappearance of sticky notes that have been used for reminding members of different shifts. In Hue LRC, as there are two working shift, we have to make notice of urgent tasks for the next shift.


This will be great for recording our orientation sessions or instructions. Our users can listen to these audio clips again at their convenient times.
This application can be applied to collect feedback and comments of Hue LRC users on the services and products provided.
Similar to Doodle, this is a new web tool that facilitates the creation of online invitation or survey. I will spend more time in exploring these applications, especially the option of languages.
This web 2.0 tools, together with Chirbit can help improve the accessibility of Hue LRC’s users to the instruction materials.

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