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ERIC Number: EJ923726
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1559-663X
The E-Pet: Enhancing Motivation in E-Portfolios
Tuksinvarajarn, Ananya; Todd, Richard Watson
English Teaching Forum, v47 n1 p22-25, 31 2009
Portfolios are popular in language teaching, both as a learning tool and a process-oriented assessment instrument. They require the compilation of student projects, performances, and other assignments over a semester or school year to record the growth of learning. When portfolios are used for evaluation, they are called an alternative assessment because the teacher assesses progress through the collection of student work, as opposed to basing student achievement only on scores from paper and pencil tests. Any teaching method, including portfolio-based instruction, will not be fully successful if students are not engaged in the process. This was the situation at Thailand's King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, where many undergraduate students of science and engineering saw their English classes as barely relevant and a burden. Most students were more concerned with passing the course than with learning and therefore did only the minimum work required to get a reasonable grade instead of devoting themselves to improving their English. This was in spite of the fact that their English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses utilized paper-based portfolios, allowed students to choose learning tasks and materials from the self-access center and the Internet, and encouraged them to reflect on their learning. Unfortunately, this reflection on learning was often scanty, and portfolios were submitted with uncompleted tasks and entries copied from other students. Clearly, the students were unmotivated, and the use of portfolios had little beneficial effect. In an attempt to improve the situation, the authors introduced an electronic portfolio (e-portfolio) project. While traditional portfolios are paper-based, the relatively recent inclusion of computers in education has led to the development of e-portfolios, where the coursework is typically assigned, accessed, completed, evaluated, and stored on a computer or website. In this article, the authors describe and evaluate this e-portfolio project and look specifically at the "e-pet," a special feature that keeps students motivated. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Thailand