NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
PDF on ERIC Download full text
ERIC Number: EJ1107608
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2157-622X
Self-Representation and Student Identity: A Case Study of International Student Users of Sakai
Snider, Evan; McCarthy, Alex
International Journal of ePortfolio, v2 n1 p99-111 2012
This case study of two international students, coupled with artifact analysis of 22 eportfolios and observations of the authors as participant researchers, closely explores the ways in which students attempt to self-represent within one particular system (Sakai) and institutional context (Virginia Tech). Using artifacts (the participants' eportfolios) and qualitative interviews with the participants, the study calls attention to challenges international students face when required to craft online identities for themselves with the English ePortfolio. Participant data is discussed in terms of aesthetics, functionality, flexibility, and self-representation. The rigidity of the system denied participants the flexibility to craft identities with which they felt much connection, resulting in eportfolio creation being reduced to a class project rather than a personally and professionally meaningful process and product. Greater flexibility in design and function would make the eportfolio system more useful to student users in this particular context.
Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Georgia. North Instructional Plaza, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A