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University Directorates > Academic & Student Affairs > Centre for Educational Development > Student Progress Files (PDP) > Glossary of Terms  
Glossary of Terms

Electronic portfolio (E-folio) -  

The Centre for Educational Development at Queen's has developed an electronic portfolio (E-folio) to support the student both in engaging with and recording PDP.  The software provides students with a mix of both generic and locally customisable templates to support the student through the four main stages of the PDP cycle.  The locally customisable tools can be used on a School by School basis to promote supports, skills and experiences that are relevant to the students chosen course, as well as the wider services available to all Queen's students.  Among the facilities that the E-folio offers are; a "My School" page where Schools can promote supports and activities that are relevant to the area of study, an e-mail link to Personal Tutors and a means of regularly updating and recording goals, plans and achievements. The E-folio encourages active and meaningful reflection and planning through customised skills audits, CV builders, action planners and exercises to prepare for major tasks such as work placement or final year dissertation. It also enables the student to share relevant information with a Personal Tutor through its e-mail link and download facilities. The tutor has access to a specialised version which allows them to view general data about the students they are supporting plus statistical information regarding how often they are using their E-folio.


PDP (Personal Development Planning) -  

A structured and supported process undertaken by an individual to reflect upon their own leaning, performance and/or achievement and to plan for their personal, educational and career development.


Progress files -  

A verifiable record which charts the progress of an individual and makes the outcomes of learning in Higher Education more explicit, identifies achievements and supports the concept that learning is a lifelong activity.  It consists of three main elements;

  • A transcript
  • The individual's personal record of learning, achievement, progress review and plans. These are used to clarify personal goals and can provide a resource from which material is selected to produce personal statements such as CVs etc.
  • The structured and supported process of PDP


QAA -  

Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education


Transcript -  

A record of the individual's learning and achievement. This must be provided by QUB.

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