The Promise and Pitfalls of ePortfolios in a teacher preparation program: Voices of the students
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This paper discusses the findings of a research study that explored students’ perceptions of ePortfolios (using the online platform Mahara) in an undergraduate teacher preparation program. Quantitative and qualitative data from 101 participants were gathered through an online survey. The findings from the study concur with the literature that the use of ePortfolios holds promise in showcasing learning evidence as well as competencies and skills for future employments. The findings also indicate that the ePortfolio by itself does not ensure the adoption of metacognitive skills on the part of the students. Instead, it requires the adoption of sound pedagogical approaches to promote the development of metacognitive reflective thinking in the use of the ePortfolio. The paper also offers some insight on the nature and role of the digital documentation in light of the the digital transformations that are taking place in the society.