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1. Background: Educational and Career Outcomes for Arts: New Paradigm Project

From 2015-2108, the Faculty of Arts mounted a project called "Educational and Career Outcomes for UBC Arts Students: Towards a New Paradigm." The objective was to help students connect their academic activity to their awareness of and preparation for the transition to their career. Eportfolios were a crucial piece of the puzzle, becoming a real keystone for this project's objectives. However there were technology challenges and they were too rooted in courses. A better solution was needed.

3. Educational Theory – Emergent Knowledge and Skills

The UBC Arts eportfolio service references arguments in educational theory around "Emergent Knowledge" and "Folio Thinking". Eportfolios support complex and decentralized approaches to learning which are most appropriate for learning situations in which there exists more than one response to a topic. This requires creating a space and structure that allows for certain ideas to trigger other ideas and for knowledge to be discovered within this process.

5. The Limits of Curricular Integration of Eportfolios

5. Some proponents of eportfolios suggest that the goal is an eportfolio culture in terms of (program) curriculum and (faculty) course design. We see limits to growth if curricular integration is the primary strategy and objective. The obstacles are huge and the outcome may backfire in terms of students' feelings of the value of an eportfolio and their continued use of one.

6. Strategy for Student-Driven Eportfolio Service

Our goal was to build a free service that students could use immediately on arrival at UBC and take with them and use free forever. The foundation of the service design would be that students would recognize this as something that they own, build, and deploy as they wish. We intentionally divorced it from any particular program's use of the service.

7. Technical and Functional Design of

The design of the Arts eportfolio service was a balancing act. On one hand, we wanted a system with a low cost of ownership (build and maintain) and sustainable at current resource levels. On the other we knew that students wanted something simple but with modern, appealing design and some flexibility on design elements. We solved this with a highly customized Wordpress multiuser theme, with all the elements labelled appropriately for eportfolios.