“Is the juice worth the squeeze?”: ePortfolios and the Experiences of Faculty at the University of Alberta

ID: 49453 Type: Full Paper: Case Study
  1. Pauline Nicholas, Jennifer Branch-Mueller, Martine Pellerin, Carol Tonhauser, and Wei Wei, University of Alberta, Canada

Thursday, June 30 10:00-10:30 AM Location: Junior Ballroom D

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Abstract: In recent years there have been a surge in the adoption of ePortfolios (EPs) in the mainstream curricula of higher education (HE). The versatility and ability of EPs to enhance learning in the form of presentation, personal development, learning and assessment through the collection, selection, and reflection on best work over a period of time appeal to educators. This paper briefly discusses the developments and primary purposes of ePortfolios and presents the results and implications of a qualitative case study that investigated the experiences of faculty at the University of Alberta who use or are interested in using ePortfolios in teaching and learning and those who have an interest in using it but have yet started. The findings revealed that although EPs are valuable educational tools, faculty members are challenged by the process of creating EPs with students. The insights gained have implications for the implementation and management of a campus wide ePortfolio system.


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