Last week I went to a presentation about an ePortfolio platform called 'My Portfolio' that has been developed from Mahara which is an open source ePortfolio.
My requirements of an ePortfolio
I am very interested in ePortfolio programs and have recently been developing my own portfolio using Wikispaces. My requirements for an ePortfolio program is that it is easy to use; available to health professionals as well as students; adaptable for my specific requirements as a midwife as well as an academic. I am also keen that the ePortfolio program is open access although I do recognise the necessity for some aspects to be closed, especially as midwives reflect on very sensitive issues at times.
'My Portfolio' looks good and has a number of facilities that would be useful in an educational context, but it feels a lot like another form of learning management system to me, not dissimilar to BlackBoard.
The other problem is that at the moment it is associated with educational institutions in New Zealand which means only students of the institution can use it. Once the students have left the institution, they are no longer able to use it. It is my understanding that that may change as time goes on and alumni will be able to continue to use it for a small cost.
The future for ePortfolios
I am still not convinced about keeping my portfolio in a closed system so I'll keep working with Wikispaces. I want complete control over what I display and how I display it. However, I recognise that people who are not so used to the wiki format may find a more prescriptive portfolio system useful.