Using Moodle for ePortfolios

Master of Arts in Teaching ePortfolio System

Drew University, Madison, NJ

Master of Arts in Teaching ePortfolio banner with students talking together with Drew University buildings faded into background

I designed and delivered a system in Moodle at Drew University for the MAT program to provide ePortfolios for their students. Each ePortfolio is a Moodle course and the owner of the ePortfolio (the student) has a custom role of “ePortfolio Owner” in the course based on the legacy editing teacher role minus some permissions.

I created a template course with the base content, blocks, menus, banners, headings, navigation, topics, etc. This template is then backed up, and the backup file is restored in bulk (using the Course Management block – 3rd party plugin) to create as many ePortfolios as are needed for the incoming batch of MAT students.

In conjunction with our Enterprise Technology Center, we were able to script this batch restoration process to auto-create the new semester’s category, create multiple courses based off the template backup file, name each course/ePortfolio for the student (using student id field), and auto-enroll the students as Owners in their own ePortfolios. Saved me a lot of clicking and waiting and coffee!!! ^_^

During Orientation, each batch of MAT students would attend a Moodle ePortfolios training session where I would guide them all to customize the content of their ePortfolios with their name & address, and they would learn how to use the HTML editor to edit content & labels, upload files into folders, link to web pages, and files.

Video Tutorials for MAT ePortfolio Owners

In addition to the live training, I provided a set of video tutorials that covered everything we did in the face to face training. So those who missed the training were able to catch up, and those who didn’t quite “get” it, could brush up at their own convenience as many times as they needed.

The tutorials were recorded in Camtasia Studio, and I provided a searchable Table of Contents that jumps to bookmarked locations in the videos.

Watch MAT ePortfolio Video Tutorials