Er en profil i socialt software en læringsportfolio: Hvis ikke, er der fordele ved at linke de to?

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This article compares learning e-portfolios with profiles in social software environments (like Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn). The similarities are that both are forums for self representation. The difference between the two is that the self is represented for different purposes.
In the social profile the purpose is to be one among a crowd (whether this crowd is a group of friends or a group of professionals). You can express yourself only through the ways the software deems important. In e-portfolios the purpose is to “show and tell” competences and growth – and to express this in a free text and visual fashion. This is difficult using existing social software. In an e-portfolio the way you represent yourself shows a communicative competence.
Should educational institutions then ignore or even ban the use of profiles? The article suggests a way in which they might benefit from a double strategy: Firstly to enable and empower the pupils/students as learners through the employment of a programme of learning e-portfolios (Qvortrup, Lund, Ellmin). In the literature on e-portfolios one of the main conclusions is that reflecting on learning enables the learner to understand and appreciate his or her own competences. Secondly, to enable the student to benefit from social software’s ability to establish relations – and to focus on the competence of creating and maintaining professional relationships.
Bidragets oversatte titelEr en profil i socialt software en læringsportfolio: Hvis ikke, er der fordele ved at linke de to?
TidsskriftMedieKultur : Journal of media and communication research
Sider (fra-til)6-17
Antal sider12
StatusUdgivet - 19 jun. 2009


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