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ERIC Number: ED547674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
The Incorporation of ePortfolios into EFL Courses: Barriers Encountered in the Diffusion of Technology
Siu, Fiona Kwai Peng
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Electronic Portfolios (hereafter ePortfolios) were incorporated into courses run by the English Language Centre (ELC) at the City University of Hong Kong from Jan 2009 to Aug 2010. Experience with this innovation constitutes the substance of this report. Major challenges included: 1) Making the ePortfolio platform user-friendly by providing technical support; and 2) Balancing the workload imposed on teachers and students against the aims of developing ePortfolios. Difficulties encountered in the dissemination of the new technology to students and teachers are also discussed. Findings suggest that the incorporation of ePortfolios into ELC courses has initially been successful in that the ePortfolio platform has been made user-friendly through the availability of ePortfolio templates; uploading videos to YouTube has also successfully resolved the technical problem of overloading a platform. Nonetheless, were students provided with regular and extensive feedback, the imposition on the already heavily impacted teachers' and students' time could constitute a continuing difficulty in making ePortfolio usage a fully successful process. The following are appended: (1) Courses Incorporating ePortfolios/Paper Portfolios (September 2009-August 2010); (2) Criteria for the Intra-Class Outstanding ePortfolio Award; (3) Sample of the ePortfolio Content Guidelines (for the course Spoken Language); and (4) Sample of the End-of-Course ePortfolio Questionnaire. [This article was published in: "Journal of Interactive Learning Research" v24 n2 p211-231 2013.]
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong