What are some freedom, learning, and privacy issues connected to the use of ePortfolios?

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The freedom obtained when creating an ePortfolio is vast an undefined. This is because when creating a traditional portfolio, there is a limit to writing or drawing. Whereas an ePortfolio, has very little limitations, there is a range of information you can post, from video, audio, music, animation, writing, images and more. You can directly link an aspect to a specific website, or you can link your references to online sources.

Learning how to use the blog type websites which assist in creating ePortfolios, require time and energy to learn how to use each function the website has to offer. The best way to do this is to ‘play around’ with all the functions, even if they don’t have any reference to the actual topic of the blog.

As with any online activity, there is a chance of your account being hacked which allows the hacker access to personal information if the profile is private. Although this event is unlikely to occurs the chances are still greater than if the ePortfolio was paper based. If this does occur though, the hacker could not only gain access to information, but change passwords, edit posts and add posts that differ from the truth or what you re writing about.

Another thing to understand, is that it is very difficult but not impossible to remove something once it is posted onto the internet. You cannot delete the item forever unless you deletion occurs at the original source. (Downey, S. 2012)


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