User stories for OERu ePortfolio assessment

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The development of user stories for ePortfolios is an activity of the Open pedagogy initiative of the OERu logic model.

OERu learners will be studying OERu courses using OER designed for independent study. While working through OERu courses, these learners are not formerly registered students until they choose assessment and credentialing services from one of the OERu anchor partners. Consequently, ePortfolio learning activities which are embedded in OERu course materials provide an alternative for learners to collect evidence of their learning for formal assessment from the OERu anchors partners.

This page provides the opportunity for the open community to assist with the design and implementation of ePortfolio solutions for the OERu.

Describing user stories

A user story is one or more sentences written in everyday language of the end user that captures what the user wants to achieve. User stories focus on the needs of different users in the envisaged system. User stories will assist in designing an ePortfolio alternatives for OERu learners in an open and collaborative way. User stories should only contain a minimum level of detail.

User stories generally follow the following structure:

"As a <role>, I want <goal/desire> so that <benefit>"

but the shorter version can also be used:

"As a <role>, I want <goal/desire>"

A process for the classification, review and acceptance of user stories for the design of an ePortfolio alternatives for the OERu will be determined and may lead to the development of more detailed Use case scenarios.


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Key points
  • You must be logged into WikiEducator to submit a user story. (Anyone can create an account on WikiEducator.)
  • Consult the list of defined ePortfolio user roles
  • Confirm that the user for your user story is listed under the ePortfolio user roles below. If not add a definition for this user.
  • Please use the list of defined users roles to facilitate grouping and classification of the user stories.
  • Remember to sign your user story submission.

Definition of OERu ePortfolio roles

  • OERu learner: Someone participating in OERu course(s) but not necessarily registered at any of the anchor partner institutions.
  • OERu student: An OERu learner who registers for assessment and/or credentialing services at one of the OERu anchor partner institutions.
  • OERu partner institution: An accredited post-secondary institution who is a member of the OER Tertiary Network offering assessment and credentialing services for OERu students.
  • OERu course designer/developer Instructional designers and academic authors who develop OERu courses.
  • OERu assessor: An individual working for an OERu member institution tasked with assessing an OERu ePortfolio.

User stories

OERu learner

  • As OERu learner I want an easy to use technical solution to present my ePortfolio to the assessor. --Wayne Mackintosh 07:24, 9 February 2012 (UTC)
  • As OERu learner I want a checklist of all the required portfolio activities required for my course. --Wayne Mackintosh 07:24, 9 February 2012 (UTC)
  • As an OERu learner I want options on how to keep my portfolio, preferably somewhat more flexible and creative than a typical LMS-type system--Idevries 23:34, 9 February 2012 (UTC)
  • As an OERu learner I want to be able to choose my own ePoertfolio space and continue to use it past completion of OERu courses. --Vasi Doncheva
  • As an OERu learner I want to be able to use my blog, Google+ and other tools that I'm already using as an ePortfolio to collect and present evidence of my learning. --Vasi Doncheva
  • As an OERu learner I want to be able to connect easily with other learners as well as professionals in my area of interest through my ePortfolio.--BettyHD 19:39, 11 February 2012 (UTC)

OERu student

  • As OERu student I want an easy way to present the portfolio I developed for assessment at an OERu partner in the required format. --Wayne Mackintosh 07:25, 9 February 2012 (UTC) Playnice nz 20:09, 9 February 2012 (UTC)
  • As an OERu student I want to be able to connect eeasily with AVIs (Academic Volunteers) who can assist me with my learning and with documenting my learning. --BettyHD 19:59, 11 February 2012 (UTC)

OERu partner institution

  • As OERu partner institution, I do not want to carry the infrastructure overhead of providing ePortfolio systems to OERu learners who may not become registered students at my institution. --Wayne Mackintosh 07:27, 9 February 2012 (UTC)
  • AS OERu partner institution awarding credit, I want to be sure that the student requesting credential services based on an ePorfolio is in fact the individual who prepared the portfolio. (Submitted by Christine Wihak via OERu list)

OERu course designer/developer

  • As OERu course designer/developer I want an easy way to integrate and embed ePortfolio activities in the course materials. --Wayne Mackintosh 07:29, 9 February 2012 (UTC)

OERu assessor

  • As OERu assessor I want to receive the ePortfolio structured in a way that is easy to access and assess the ePortfolio artifacts against the assessment rubric for the course. --Wayne Mackintosh 07:31, 9 February 2012 (UTC) Playnice nz 20:10, 9 February 2012 (UTC)