To inform future decisions related to ePortfolio technologies and practices, this White Paper aims at providing an understanding of the possible benefits of the adoption of the blockchain (public, distributed ledgers) a technology that is creating the conditions for an entirely new approach to creating, storing, sharing and exploiting ePortfolios.
The emergence of the ePortfolio at the beginning of the 21st century was the result of the encounter of established practices (portfolio and reflective learning) with emerging digital technologies (the Internet and the World Wide Web). This encounter has lead to the emergence of new technologies (e.g. ePortfolio Management Systems) that in turn have influenced ePortfolio practice (e.g. authentic learning and assessment), that in turn...
We are now at the dawn of the emergence of a new technology, the blockchain (a public, distributed ledger) that has already demonstrated its transformative power in an expanding number of fields, from currencies to smart contracts and social networking. And it is possible that the encounter of ePortfolio practice with blockchain technologies might lead to changes of an order of magnitude even greater than the one experienced when (offline) ePortfolios moved online.
This White Paper is an invitation to explore the potential of a promising technology to build the next generation of ePortfolio technologies and imagine practices that were not possible before the rise of public, distributed ledgers, a candidate for next generation of ePortfolio artefacts repository that will allow the emergence of a whole new range of services.