Innovative curriculum design: Using ePortfolios to change practice and process
David Kennedy, Christine Shirley, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Global Learn, in Melbourne, Australia ISBN 978-1-880094-85-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
This paper reports a study that examined changing educational practices and processes for both teachers and students using ePortfolios. At Lingnan University the Teaching and Learning Centre collaborated with the Centre for English and Additional Languages (CEAL) to more fully develop the use of ePortfolios for English language learning. The collaboration has involved strategic changes to the course design using an outcomes-based approach to teaching and learning, trialing of the ePortfolio Mahara, followed by full implementation of the system for all first-year undergraduate students and CEAL teachers. The 18-month initiative was monitored by two surveys and a number of focus groups; outcomes point to a complex relationship between pedagogy, staff development and student expectations. The paper articulates findings that show both positive and negative impacts on student learning and motivation, thus enabling a better understanding the impact of the use of ePortfolios on teaching, learning and assessment.
Kennedy, D. & Shirley, C. (2011). Innovative curriculum design: Using ePortfolios to change practice and process. In S. Barton, J. Hedberg & K. Suzuki (Eds.), Proceedings of Global Learn Asia Pacific 2011--Global Conference on Learning and Technology (pp. 409-416). Melbourne, Australia: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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