Introducing an electronic portfolio : results of a one-semester pilot

Chalk, Peter (2009) Introducing an electronic portfolio : results of a one-semester pilot. Investigations in university teaching and learning, 5 (2). pp. 162-177. ISSN 1740-5106

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London Metropolitan University introduced its Personal Development Planning (PDP) framework policy in Autumn 2004 during the merger of its two predecessor universities and the introduction of its unified undergraduate modular scheme (UUMS). As part of this scheme, every undergraduate course includes a core spine module at each level: HEO (Higher Education Orientation) - a subject specific introduction to HE study module in the first year, an employability related module at level 2, and a project in the final year. The PDP is introduced to students in the HEO module and PDP related activities and assessment are part of each core spine module. The PDP may be one of three versions: the standard university PDP booklet (online at, a customised version of this booklet or a tailored PDP adapted to the requirements of the particular course (e.g. for professional body reasons). In 2006/07 it was decided to consider introducing an electronic portfolio across the university and that a small pilot should be set up in Spring 2007. New students joining one course were offered the chance to use the ePortfolio (a Blackboard WebCT Vista product integrated into the university’s VLE, called WebLearn) during their HEO module. However, the ePortfolio was not used as the vehicle for either the teaching or the assessed tasks in the module and the students did not make use of it. The conclusions of this 'mini-pilot' were that the ePortfolio are discussed in this paper.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Investigations in university teaching and learning; e-portfolios; PDP; e-learning; reflection; employability
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 370 Education
Department: School of Social Professions (to June 2021)
Centre for Professional Education and Development (CPED)
School of Social Sciences and Professions
Depositing User: Mary Burslem
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2015 10:02
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2021 16:03


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