ePortfolio use by university students in Australia: Informing excellence in policy and practice

Hallam, Gillian C., Harper, Wendy E., McCowan, Colin R., Hauville, Kim L., McAllister, Lynn M., & Creagh, Tracy A. (2008) ePortfolio use by university students in Australia: Informing excellence in policy and practice. Australian ePortfolio Project, Stage 1. Queensland University of Technology, Department of Teaching and Learning Support Services, Brisbane , Qld.

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In mid 2007, the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC), formerly the Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, commissioned an intensive research project to examine the use of ePortfolios by university students in Australia. The project was awarded to a consortium of four universities: Queensland University of Technology as lead institution, The University of Melbourne, University of New England and University of Wollongong.----------

The overarching aim of the research project, which was given the working title of the Australian ePortfolio Project, was to examine the current levels of ePortfolio practice in Australian higher education. The principal project goals sought to provide an overview and analysis of the national and international ePortfolio contexts, document the types of ePortfolios used in Australian higher education, examine the relationship with the National Diploma Supplement project funded by the Federal government, identify any significant issues relating to ePortfolio implementation, and offer guidance about future opportunities for ePortfolio development. The research findings revealed that there was a high level of interest in the use of ePortfolios in the context of higher education, particularly in terms of the potential to help students become reflective learners who are conscious of their personal and professional strengths and weaknesses, as well as to make their existing and developing skills more explicit. There were some good examples of early adoption in different institutions, although this tended to be distributed across the sector. The greatest use of ePortfolios was recorded in coursework programs, rather than in research programs, with implementation generally reflecting subject-specific or program-based activity, as opposed to faculty- or university-wide activity. Accordingly, responsibility for implementation frequently rested with the individual teaching unit, although an alternative centralised model of coordination by ICT services, careers and employment or teaching and learning support was beginning to emerge. The project report concludes with a series of recommendations to guide the process, drawing on the need for open dialogue and effective collaboration between the stakeholders across the range of contexts: government policy, international technical standards, academic policy, and learning and teaching research and practice.

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ID Code: 31912
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
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Keywords: University students, Teaching and leaning, Educational technology, ePortfolios, HERN, Higher education
ISBN: 9781741072563
Subjects: 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 2009 The Authors & Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Statement: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 Australia Licence
Deposited On: 22 Apr 2010 02:51
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2017 14:41

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