Have you watched the movie Slumdog millionaire? Those who have, may have drawn the same parallels as I have. Those who haven’t watched the movie, can read this blog and then go watch it. Before you ask… no, I don’t have shares in the movie!
For those who haven’t seen the movie, Slumdog Millionaire is the story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India’s “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”
Authorities challenged Jamal because they didn’t believe that a ‘slumdog’ could possibly have any knowledge, especially since he had no formal learning in a school. It highlighted, to me, the fact that learning can be done in many ways… even on the streets! Life experience can be undervalued. Where can we record this valuable information and reflect on it as a learning process?
Experiential learning is the process of making making meaning from direct experience. For the adult learner especially, experience becomes a “living textbook” to which they can refer.
At the heart of all learning is the way we process our experiences, especially our critical reflections on our experiences.
What has this got to do with eportfolios?
Do you have lots of life experience and reflections, which aren’t recorded anywhere, and/or your formal learning experiences are in a cardboard box under your bed? This is where an eportfolio, could be valuable to you and to your students.
Last weekend I attended an eporfolio symposium in Brisbane. We looked at many types of both sophisticated and simplistic e-portfolios and observed that philosophically, they all serve the same purpose. Some of the options available are much more ‘polished’ (which is always a winner with me!), but basically it is all about the portfolio owner having ownership of their learning and control over their own eportfolio. What goes on it and who sees it is totally up to them. Keeping record of skills and experiences is a valuable tool for employment options and for accessing formal learning.
Here is a guide for eportfolio owners:
Here is one persons view on using a blog for an e-portfolio: Pros and cons of using blogs for an eportfolio
Did you see the parallels with Slumdog Millionaire?
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