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Exploring the use of electronic portfolios in international contexts

, University of Jyväskylä, Finland ; , University of Alaska Anchorage ; , University of Sydney, Australia

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Norfolk, VA USA ISBN 978-1-880094-42-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


One of the most exciting developments in the school reform movement is the use of alternative forms of assessment to evaluate student learning and teacher development. Different alternative assessment systems and forms must be judged based on the value of the information they provide for students, teachers, curriculum specialists, principals, parents, and community members. Nowadays, alternative assessment can be supported by technological applications. In this interactive session one alternative assessment form, namely electronic or digital portfolio is discussed as a means of documenting, displaying and sharing student or teacher progress and expertise over long time periods. The interactive session of electronic portfolios is a collaborative effort of researchers and teacher educators from Australia, Finland and United States. The aim of the session is twofold. First, to present the electronic portfolio development process. And second, to explore the experiences on applying electronic portfolios from kindergarten to professional development portfolios. Examples are presented from each of three countries. The presentation is followed with a discussion of similarities and differences in the rationale for the various levels and countries.


Kankaanranta, M., Barrett, H. & Hartnell-Young, E. (2001). Exploring the use of electronic portfolios in international contexts. In C. Montgomerie & J. Viteli (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2001--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 874-876). Norfolk, VA USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 12, 2021 from .



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