"This Google Site has been set up by Dr. Helen Barrett to focus on the use of Google Apps to create ePortfolios. On this site, there are instructions on how to use the different elements of Google Apps to maintain e-portfolio."
Comment: the diagram, indeed the entire site from which it was extracted, are not new in the sense that they were created yesterday. No real scoop therefore. However, a solid piece of work needs to be put in the limelight every so often, lest we forget it is there (thanks to Ana Cristina for doing so).
The diagram is useful in that it (re)draws attention to the two entirely different use ones can make of a portfolio, as a tool to reflect on what you have been doing and as a tool to present your achievements to a specific audience. Portfolio software exists, usually provided by schools. Although nominally such portfolios are portable, in actual fact they are hardly ever ported and thus go against the very grain of what any portfolio should be: yours! Helen describes how Google tools may be used to bring that ideal closer: use the docs for storage, the blogs for reflection, the sites for presentation. Of course, schools still have to buy into this. Even so, these Google-built portfolio are ideal for the lifelong learner, the professional learner, the self-guided learner, in short, the informal learner, for whom the portfolio software that is on the market makes no sense.
Parenthetically, the still running EU-funded TRAILER project http://grial.usal.es/agora/trailerproject/#.UG6hQrQxBD0 attempts to integrate informal and formal learning experiences with each other in an ePortfolio context (disclaimer: I am involved in this project so biased on its usefulness!). (peter sloep, @pbsloep).
Via Ana Cristina Pratas