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Electronic or Paperless Portfolio


Is anyone aware of software that would allow delivery of Vocational Qualifications and create a paperless portfolio?
We envisage this as being e.g. scanned or saved documents, recorded speech and perhaps video. Does anyone feel that the paperless portfolio is impossible to internally/externally verify and why?

2 Responses

  1. Paperless portfolios
    We have been using a model which enables a reduction in paper but due to the IT capabilities of the students has not been possible to do entirely IT based.

    Internal and external verification no problem as The external verifier’s brief from OCR is to actively encourage the paperless portfolio and is by nature a forward innovative person.

    Another way of dealing with it is to store paper readily identifiable in the workplace as evidence still tends to have a hard copy bias and to cross reference the paper evidence’s existence in the portfolio.

    We are not aware of any software yet available and are not sure due to the evidence diversity why you would need any. We have also used sound files and audio dictation tapes in addition to emails and video clips.

    If you want some help phone 0870 241 3998 during normal office hours.

    Training by Design Global Ltd

  2. Arian Associates Ltd
    We agree with the comments below regarding the IT capabilities of the candidates. Some have no IT skills whatsoever, which makes it impossible to go down the paperless route. The better option, from our experience, is to adopt a LESS PAPER rather than a PAPERLESS portfolio. Use the Assessor & Advisor as expert witnesses to view evidence in situ in the candidate’s workplace and endorse their action plan (personal development plan) to that effect which reduces the amount of paper that has to be physically presented in the portfolio. All that is required is in effect a witness testimony on the plan highlighting the location and accessability of any documents/policies etc. Most External Verifiers love it because it reduces the amount of portfolio workload in the EV process also. If you require any further info email us :- [email protected] and we will be happy to help.


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