ePortfolio Extensions Toolkit (ePET)

REpresentational State Transfer (REST)

A new JISC funded project to develop a web Services interface for the 'generic' ePortfolio

Background

As part of the School of Medical Education Development, the Faculty of Medical Sciences Computing unit has been involved in the specification, provision and delivery of Personal Development Planning environments and ePortfolios since 1998. Currently the unit is leading an FDTL4 consortium project developing ePortfolios linked to VLEs, and it is this ePortfolio tool which forms the springboard for this project.

Early evidence from this and other research into the use of portfolios suggests that the success of a portfolio is to a large extent due to whether students and staff feel that it is appropriate to the purpose for which it is being used. This means that a one-size-fits-all approach to the provision of portfolios across a range of subject disciplines may not deliver the outcomes an institution desires. To address this concern the FMSC have developed a

ePET is being funded by JISC as part of the Distributed e-Learning programme.

This project aims to consolidate and fully document the generic ePortfolio tool and to offer it to the JISC community as a freely available, standards-compliant, open source ePortfolio.

To enable this, a REpresentational State Transfer (REST) based interface will be developed around the data structures of the ePortfolio to provide Web Service (WS) fronted access to data and functionality and all tools comprising the Generic ePortfolio will be redeveloped to use this interface.

Other groups or institutions wishing to make use of the Generic ePortfolio would be free to use existing tools or to add instance specific applications to suit their own requirements and would be encouraged under the terms of the open source licence to publish these back to the community as reusable functionality.

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