Serge has a very clear and well argued case for Digital Identity,
particularly from a European perspective. I think that there is a
serious call to all institutions around the world to recognise the
importance of getting it right and taking extreme care in not
introducing systems that students and staff will inevitably have to
reject as 'not fit for purpose'.
Watching the daily references to trainee teachers trying to introduce
some sort of e-Portfolio system to their students causes me a great
feeling of concern and urgency. It seems to me that too often we have
shepherds who do not have the ability to even guide their 'lambs' -
the blind leading the blind - with little regards to the potential
outcomes in relation to DI. What is good for an intelligent Honours
graduate may not be appropriate for an adventurous teenager or a less
able Primary school child.
As far as I understand it there are at least three separate components
to DI which may be handled quite separately or can be confusedly
combined with potentially dangerous outcomes.
Firstly, there is the strictly personal data which different
institutions may wish to access preferably through some sort of IMS/
SCORM/SIF/LEAP2 interoperability. This data can quite easily be
captured within forms which are designed for exporting/importing
data. However, I am not yet sure how effective any interoperability
system is at transporting the learner's artefacts.
Secondly, the compilation of a wide range of rich-media from an even
wider range of repositories opens up serious dangers concerning the
security of personal data. I cannot see how far-flung artefacts can
remain private and secure.
Thirdly, a specific aspect of Digital Identity is not so much the
content so much as the layout and organisation of one's e-Portfolio.
This is very much a part of one's expression of 'This is ME' and, I
fear, may be lost through an imperfect interoperability tool.
I agree with Roger that there is a serious danger that 'any web
presence that is purely prescribed by a bureaucracy will have no soul
or personal 'declaration' '. Unless an institution can give the
learners, whatever their age, an interface that allows them adequate
self-representation, experience has proved that there is no sense of
ownership or reason to maintain their e-Portfolio beyond the
requirements of 'the course'.
> I went back to look at Serge Ravet's post on the EIfEL Multiple
> ePortfolio concepthttp://www.learningfutures.eu/2009/05/eifel-becomes-multipleportfolio.
> . I began to think about digital identity and the web-presence that
> every learner would need to have. A home page for everyone, perhaps
> building on the Google Me ideahttp://mashable.com/2009/04/21/google-me/