This post is a summary of the key themes that stood out for me at the Durham Blackboard Users Conference 2014. I have captured in greater detail some of the sessions and I may decide to release those as blog posts later on, but in the meantime you can either listen to the podcast episodes or read my take below.
I’d be very keen to hear your thoughts either on Twitter with the hashtag #durbbu or via the comments facility.
Andy Raistrick from the University of Huddersfield added a dose of healthy cynicism over eportfolios and the way that they appear to draw just a single form of pedagogy, that of reflective practice. Raistrick made a simple point, that much eportfolio research appears positive, but fails to challenge the learning benefits of online over paper-based portfolio development. That said, there were clear advantages, particularly in the form of providing feedback to students, high on the agenda of many institutions in light of NSS, and the empowerment of students in how they share their work. As Graeme Boxwell and Franck Michel from Newcastle University suggest: