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The 'iPortfolio' : measuring uptake and effective use of an institutional electronic portfolio in higher education

von, Konsky Brian R. and Oliver, Beverley 2012, The 'iPortfolio' : measuring uptake and effective use of an institutional electronic portfolio in higher education, Australasian journal of educational technology, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 67-90.

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Title The 'iPortfolio' : measuring uptake and effective use of an institutional electronic portfolio in higher education
Author(s) von, Konsky Brian R.
Oliver, Beverley
Journal name Australasian journal of educational technology
Volume number 28
Issue number 1
Start page 67
End page 90
Total pages 24
Publisher ASCILITE
Place of publication Perth, W.A.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1449-5554
Keyword(s) Portfolios (Background Materials)
Electronic Publishing
Educational Technology
College Students
Adoption (Ideas)
Influences
Computer Literacy
Experience
Barriers
Student Surveys
Foreign Countries
Summary An institutional electronic portfolio called the "iPortfolio" had over 17,000 subscribers one year after its introduction at an Australian university. This paper reports on a study to determine how students use these "iPortfolio" accounts, and factors leading to uptake and effective use. Self-assessed competence with technology skills, factors motivating uptake, and barriers to adoption were examined using an online survey completed by 554 students. Of these, 339 had an "iPortfolio" at the time they completed the survey. Survey results were examined in the context of usage patterns based on data automatically collected for operational and administrative purposes. No statistically significant difference in prior technology use or self-assessed competence with information technology was observed when comparing students with "iPortfolio" accounts to those without. Assessment was found to be the principal driver of "iPortfolio" uptake. However, about two-fifths (42.9%) of students agreed that they were likely to use the "iPortfolio" in the future, even if it was not a course requirement. An additional 29.6% were neutral. Significant use of the "iPortfolio" to reflect on extracurricular activities was not observed. Improved employability outcomes were seen to be a benefit of "iPortfolio" adoption by about half (52%) of the students. Recommendations are made to promote "iPortfolio" uptake and encourage student reflection on "lifewide" experiences that enhance employability and augment learning within the formal curriculum.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, ASCILITE
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30063829

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