Picturing the future: Exploring the opportunities to develop an ePortfolio community of practice in Australasia

Hallam, Gillian C. & Harper, Wendy E. (2008) Picturing the future: Exploring the opportunities to develop an ePortfolio community of practice in Australasia. In Engaging communities. Conference of The Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) 2008, 1-4 July 2008, Rotorua, New Zealand. (Unpublished)


The Australian ePortfolio Project, funded by the Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, has revealed that a significant number of people in Australian universities are interested in and are exploring the use of electronic portfolios in academic programs, in transition into employment and in career development. As an area of emerging practice in Australian universities, the importance of further capturing their interest in ePortfolios as a process and a tool to reflect on and provide evidence about student learning should not be overlooked. The paper introduces the landscape of ePortfolio practice in higher education in general and describes the Australian ePortfolio Project in particular. The concept of communities of practice in academic life is discussed, with specific attention paid to a number of successful communities of practice internationally that encourage and support ePortfolio practice. The paper concludes by considering some options for establishing a community of practice that will benefit the higher education sector in Australasia.

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ID Code: 14049
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: ePortfolios, Electronic portfolios, Digital portfolios, Communities of practice, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Technology, Information and Library Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Gillian Hallam and Wendy Harper
Deposited On: 14 Jul 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 13:01

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