Electronic-Portfolio Development in Three Professional Programs: Conceptual Framework and Summary of Initial Findings

By Timothy Frank Hopper, Kathy Sanford, Hong Fu and David Monk.

Published by Journal of Technologies and Human Usability

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The purpose of this study is to explore the implementation of an electronic-portfolio (eP) within three professional programs (Education, Nursing, and Social Work) in one university. An eP is a dynamic website with databases of student program-related experiences that offer flexible, socially networked, and indexed repositories of elearning evidence. EPs enable students and their instructors to map, analyze, reconsider, and interconnect acquired learning and skills for future careers. In spite of the benefits, adoption of ePs has been fraught with challenges associated with technology, buy-in by instructors, paradigm shifts in assessment, lack of supportive infrastructure, resistance by students, and time to develop an eP process within intense programs. Working with a team of researchers from across the professional programs, case studies of each program's eP innovation has been developed. Data sources include: 1) meetings and interviews with stakeholders within programs and contracted technology support; 2) ongoing reviews of eP platforms through participant observation and user feedback surveys; and 3) interviews with instructors and two students from each course in each program as the eP process is implemented. Critical for eP success is instructors developing activities and assignments that enable student choice, authentic learning tasks and the use of rich media. Initial findings indicate the capacity of eP to enable students to be able to integrate, understand, and apply the learning that they gain throughout the program as a whole through the interaction of personal, professional, and contextual knowledge forms.

Keywords: Electronic-Portfolio, Professional Learning, Complexity Theory, Case Studies

Journal of Technologies and Human Usability, Volume 12, Issue 2, June 2016, pp.13-35. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: May 20, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.823MB)).

Dr. Timothy Frank Hopper

Associate Professor, The School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Dr. Kathy Sanford

Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Dr. Hong Fu

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

David Monk

PhD Candidate, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada