ePortfolio use by university students in Australia: a review of the Australian ePortfolio Project

Hallam, Gillian and Creagh, Tracy (2010) ePortfolio use by university students in Australia: a review of the Australian ePortfolio Project. Higher Education Research and Development, 29 2: 179-193. doi:10.1080/07294360903510582


Author Hallam, Gillian
Creagh, Tracy
Title ePortfolio use by university students in Australia: a review of the Australian ePortfolio Project
Journal name Higher Education Research and Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0729-4360
1469-8366
Publication date 2010-03-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/07294360903510582
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 29
Issue 2
Start page 179
End page 193
Total pages 15
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract 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.
Keyword Australian ePortfolio Project
Community of practice
ePortfolios
Higher education
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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