It seems to me that before we can expect students to start using an e-Portfolio the staff themselves should be well-impressed with the product and should be seeing where they can use the e-Portfolio to enhance teaching and learning and assessment.
As I have said many times before, it is esential that we find time to educate our teachers so that they can start preparing resources and testing out e-Portfolio practice. The three short clips below could well provide the basis for staff training:
There are, however, several different 'levels' at which the e-Portfolio should be used:
e-Portfolios are not just a temporary academic plaything; they will become a tool to use for the rest of their lives.
The e-Portfolio can be used very effectively between the staff of a school or college to share ideas with a degree of selectivity and collaboration not easily set up within a VLE.
The e-Portfolio is begining to be recognised as the delivery system for whole-school documentation. Far superior to writing to disc, the e-Portfolio will always be up to date.
See the following links for short video-case-studies:
Individuals Communication Tool: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5743506346945306499&hl=en
Instructional Power: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8060630150773379187&hl=en
An Accreditation Template: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7269707209206587512&hl=en