Designing, adapting and integrating e-portfolio technology as an assessment tool into the curriculum of an internship program

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    Abstract

    This paper presents a critically reflective evaluation of the pilot implementation of the Mahara e-portfolio system into the curriculum of an Internship Program at a Macquarie University in Sydney. Currently, at the half-way point of the pilot, the e-portfolio pilot project team is presented with the opportunity to evaluate their progress and make improvements in response to issues that have been identified for the following semester. Feedback was gathered from each of Brookfield's four lenses using tools including a reflective journal, online student feedback survey, consultation with colleagues and a review of the literature to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the Mahara e-portfolio in semester one, 2010. This investigation will form the first cycle of an action research process, where results from critical reflections in semester one will inform the next action research cycle to be undertaken during semester two, 2010. Implications for the Mahara e-portfolio trial in semester two include improvements to student feedback methods and usability, increased level of training and support and an enhanced blog and forum. These results suggest that in evaluating the effectiveness of the e-portfolio, as with any new curriculum innovation, it is important to focus on how the tool can support and enhance learning.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCurriculum, Technology & Transformation for an Unknown Future
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of ASCILITE Sydney 2010
    EditorsC. H. Steel, M. J. Keppell, P. Gerbic, S. Housego
    Place of PublicationQLD, Australia
    PublisherUniversity of Queensland
    Pages738-748
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Print)9781742720166
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    EventASCILITE (Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education) Conference 2010 - Sydney, NSW, Australia
    Duration: 5 Dec 20108 Dec 2010

    Conference

    ConferenceASCILITE (Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education) Conference 2010
    CitySydney, NSW, Australia
    Period5/12/108/12/10

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