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Published Conference Proceedings - Paper
July 2011

Open access E-portfolios: Student motivations for the digital curation of professional identities for lifelong learning

Fenton, A 2011, Open access E-portfolios: Student motivations for the digital curation of professional identities for lifelong learning, in: 'Education in a Changing Environment', University of Salford, Salford, UK. Conference details: Education in a Changing Environment 2011 at the University of Salford 6th - 8th July 2011.

Abstract

Open access, lifelong learning e-portfolios offer students a way to create a showcase of their work that is accessible to all for an indefinite period. This approach opens up many interesting possibilities for students and alumni. The literature in this area reveals that eportfolios have been adopted most readily by Arts students since their inception. This study contrasts findings from a pilot study of an open access, lifelong learning e-portfolio community tool called The Hive, which is free to join for anyone at www.the-hive.org.uk.

A mixed methods approach was used to analyse the factors that motivated or preventedstudents from joining The Hive and also examines the use of Second Life to showcase work. The pilot study questions the benefits and popularity of The Hive with different students and examines its role in a higher education environment. The findings of the study are compared with the literature in this area to examine the motivations of students of different disciplines.
According to the literature and the findings of this study, arts based students seemed most motivated to create an e-portfolio.
 

The study will be of particular relevance to people setting up or seeking information about the motivations and barriers of students joining an open access e-portfolio community and offers suggestions for further research into this area. This study will also be useful for people researching options for e-portfolio systems in higher education and contrasts open andclosed systems.

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Publication Details

Conference Proceedings
Fenton, A ed. 2011, Education in a Changing Environment, University of Salford, Salford, UK.

Conference Details
Education in a Changing Environment 2011 at the University of Salford 6th - 8th July 2011