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ERIC Number: EJ883440
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0729-4360
ePortfolio Use by University Students in Australia: A Review of the Australian ePortfolio Project
Hallam, Gillian; Creagh, Tracy
Higher Education Research and Development, v29 n2 p179-193 Apr 2010
In October 2008, the Australian Learning and Teaching Council released the final report for the commissioned project "ePortfolio use by university students in Australia: Informing excellence in policy and practice". The Australian ePortfolio Project represented the first attempt to examine the breadth and depth of ePortfolio practice in the Australian higher education sector. The research activities included: surveys of stakeholder groups in learning and teaching, academic management and human resource management, with respondents representing all Australian universities; a series of focus groups and semi-structured interviews that sought to explore key issues in greater depth; and surveys designed to capture students' pre-course expectations and their post-course experiences of ePortfolio learning. Further qualitative data was collected through interviews with "mature users" of ePortfolios. Project findings revealed that, while there was a high level of interest in the use of ePortfolios in terms of the potential to help students become reflective learners who were conscious of their personal and professional strengths and weaknesses, the state of play in Australian universities was very fragmented. The project investigation identified four individual, yet interrelated, contexts where strategies may be employed to support and foster effective ePortfolio practice in higher education: government policy; technical standards; academic policy; and learning and teaching. Four scenarios for the future were also presented with the goal of stimulating discussion about opportunities for stakeholder engagement. It is argued that the effective use of ePortfolios requires open dialogue and collaboration between the different stakeholders across this range of contexts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia