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ERIC Number: EJ1107810
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ePortfolio Effectiveness: A(n Ill-Fated) Search for Empirical Support
Bryant, Lauren H.; Chittum, Jessica R.
International Journal of ePortfolio, v3 n2 p189-198 2013
ePortfolio has become ubiquitous in higher education over the course of the last decade, with faculty and institutions devoting both time and monetary resources to its use. Given this trend, the purpose of this study was to investigate the landscape of ePortfolio research to determine what evidence exists for ePortfolio's impact on student outcomes. We identified four trends in the research: articles making theory-based arguments for the use of ePortfolio or providing a descriptive account of a single instance of use; articles presenting original data on users' feelings and opinions of ePortfolio; articles presenting original data on student outcomes resulting from ePortfolio use; and finally, articles focused on the technological vehicles of ePortfolio. Through our analysis of the literature it became evident that an increased focus in the research is necessary with regard to collecting and presenting original data on student outcomes and investigations of the most effective and usable platforms designed for ePortfolio.
Descriptors: Portfolio Assessment, Portfolios (Background Materials), Electronic Publishing, Higher Education, Relevance (Education), Evidence, Literature Reviews, Trend Analysis, Use Studies, Academic Achievement, Technology Uses in Education, Journal Articles, Meta Analysis, Research Problems, Access to Information, Likert Scales
Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Georgia. North Instructional Plaza, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.theijep.com
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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