The paper concerns a research project focused on the development of an ePortfolio system for students of Master in Sciences of Adult Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of Bologna. This project differs from many international academic experiences in ePortfolio implementation for the strong connection between three ePortfolio types - an ePortfolio for learning, a product ePortfolio and a showcase ePortfolio - and also because the discussed tools are not intended for assessment by university teachers. The emphasis is placed on their potential in terms of self-regulation and self- evaluation of learning and personal and professional development. Students are encouraged to reflect on their learning processes and to develop an integrated and coherent representation of their learning experiences and competencies acquired (even in non-formal and informal context). Furthermore, it is assumed that through these path students can be enabled to present more effectively their achievements and their knowledge and skills to prospective employers, along with relevant evidence. The first results show that the use of ePortfolio does not automatically lead to innovation of educational contexts and processes: it is necessary that it be integrated in a pedagogical framework that promotes a student-centred approach and supported by a comprehensive mentoring system for students. The main findings expected at the conclusion of the research project will lead to analysis and critical reflection about the validity, usefulness and applicability of ePortfolios in a degree program, highlighting the potential benefits not only for students involved but also for the instructional and curriculum redesign within the course itself. In addition, it is expected to outline ePortfolio models for learning and presentation that can be extended, with the necessary adaptations, to other application contexts, such as other degree programs or agencies and services for employment and continuing education.

Design and implementation of ePortfolios in a Master level degree at the University of Bologna

GIOVANNINI, MARIA LUCIA;ROSA, ALESSANDRA;TRUFFELLI, ELISA
2016

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The paper concerns a research project focused on the development of an ePortfolio system for students of Master in Sciences of Adult Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of Bologna. This project differs from many international academic experiences in ePortfolio implementation for the strong connection between three ePortfolio types - an ePortfolio for learning, a product ePortfolio and a showcase ePortfolio - and also because the discussed tools are not intended for assessment by university teachers. The emphasis is placed on their potential in terms of self-regulation and self- evaluation of learning and personal and professional development. Students are encouraged to reflect on their learning processes and to develop an integrated and coherent representation of their learning experiences and competencies acquired (even in non-formal and informal context). Furthermore, it is assumed that through these path students can be enabled to present more effectively their achievements and their knowledge and skills to prospective employers, along with relevant evidence. The first results show that the use of ePortfolio does not automatically lead to innovation of educational contexts and processes: it is necessary that it be integrated in a pedagogical framework that promotes a student-centred approach and supported by a comprehensive mentoring system for students. The main findings expected at the conclusion of the research project will lead to analysis and critical reflection about the validity, usefulness and applicability of ePortfolios in a degree program, highlighting the potential benefits not only for students involved but also for the instructional and curriculum redesign within the course itself. In addition, it is expected to outline ePortfolio models for learning and presentation that can be extended, with the necessary adaptations, to other application contexts, such as other degree programs or agencies and services for employment and continuing education.
Disruptive technologies for transformative learning. Proceedings of ePIC 2015, the 13th International Conference on ePortfolio, Open Badges and Identity
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Maria Lucia, Giovannini; Alessandra, Rosa; Truffelli, Elisa
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