Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
This item bothered me a bit not because I think we should unquestioningly use blogs as e-portfolios but because of the reasons offered to suggest we shouldn't. For example, "persistence creates the illusion of fixed identity, whereas higher education explicitly conceptualises its mission as formative and processual." Well, sure, you grow and develop when you learn, but you don't change your name. You can keep a persistent identity even as you grown. Also, "it becomes harder to see what is current for an individual, and what belongs to his/her 'past'." Leaving aside our ability to read dates, this concern misrepresents blogs as a static information base rather than the stream it actually is. But finally is the overall assumption in this post that an e-portfolio is something that we (an educational institutional institution, presumably) provide for a student. That gets the equation exactly backwards.

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