ERIC Number: ED437029
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep-8
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Electronic Portfolios in Pre-service Science Education.
MacKinnon, Gregory R.
In 1997-98, all Acadia University (Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada) freshman undergraduate students were required to lease IBM laptop computers for use in their programs. With corporate support from IBM, the campus was wired so that students could have cross-campus and off-campus access to a host of network software as well as the World Wide Web. The Acadia University laptop project, coined the "Acadia Advantage" (AA) was a first in Canada. This fully-wired campus and student access to laptop computers allowed for innovative approaches to using computers in classroom instruction. An electronic portfolio assessment strategy was implemented in both Secondary and Elementary Science Education courses for Pre-service Teacher candidates. A survey of the impact of this electronic environment on students' attitudes reveals that students continue to require significant introduction to the technology in order to overcome the associated anxiety. In a 10- to 13-week course, such a time commitment to the technology may not be reasonable. In future offerings of the course, a preliminary workshop will be offered. (Contains 13 references.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Computer Networks, Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Instructional Development, Instructional Materials, Portfolios (Background Materials), Preservice Teacher Education, Undergraduate Study, World Wide Web
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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