This glossary includes terms relevant to ePortfolio, particularly in the Newcastle context.
The action plan is a list of steps the student needs to take to complete a particular goal or target. Action plan targets are given due dates and prioritised.
Blog is short for web log. This is a series of web entries ordered in reverse chronological order. A blog is a powerful tool that supports reflective learning. Most of the tasks in the Newcastle University ePortfolio involve the blog.
A competency is another word for a skill, or outcome. This is a particular attribute that you will have attained during the course of your study.
The communities are collaborative spaces where ePortfolio users can create and collaborate together, engage in discussion and explore new ideas. To find out more about communities in Newcastle University’s ePortfolio please click here.
ePortfolio PGR Management Group
There are two management groups that feed into the overall project steering group. The Chair of the Management Group for Post Graduate Research is Professor Barry Hirst, the Dean of Post Graduate Studies in the Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences.
ePortfolio UG/PGT Management Group
There are two management groups that feed into the overall project steering group. The Chair of the Management Group for Undergraduate and Post Graduate Taught programmes is Dr Franck Michel, lecturer in French in the School of Modern Languages.
ePortfolio Steering Group
The ePortfolio Steering Group has overall responsibility for the running of the ePortfolio project. Their terms of reference are:
• To ensure overall project accountability
• To priorities resources
• To take a strategic overview
• To make representation to Executive Board
• To ensure robustness of architecture
• To ensure sustainability
• To delegate the detail of responsibility and engagement with academic stakeholders to the two management groups
The Chair of the ePortfolio Steering Group is Professor Suzanne Cholerton, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Learning & Teaching.
Graduate Skills Framework
The Graduate Skills Framework is a set of skills and competencies that Newcastle University feel students will develop while studying here.The Graduate Skills Framework was created in conjunction with local employers. You can find out more about the framework here.
The notification preferences are the emails users receive to notify them of different events happening in ePortfolio. For example, if a tutor records a meeting in ePortfolio, the attendees of that meeting will get an email notification to inform them of this meeting. Options for notification preferences can be changed in the Setttings section of ePortfolio. You can watch this short video that explains how to change your notification preferences.
Personal Development Planning
PDP is defined as ‘a structured and supported process undertaken by an individual to reflect upon their own learning, performance and/or achievement and to plan for their personal, educational and career development’. [Higher Education Academy]
The process of sustained consideration after a particular event. This involves a more considered thought process than needed to describe an event. To find out more about reflection please click here.
Share groups are a way to share part of your ePortfolio with other people in the University. This is a single direction share however. For example. if I set up a share group and add a colleague into the group, that colleague will not know they are a member and would not be able to share back to the group. To find out more about share groups, click here.
Skill sets are a collection of skills or competencies. ePortfolio users can subscribe to existing skill sets, or create their own within the ePortfolio system. To find out more about skill sets, click here.
Tags are keywords that can help to organise large amounts of data. Searching of data is more effective with the use of tags.