Conceptual Proposal: Integrating E-Portfolios in Innovative Pedagogical Scenarios for Enhancement of Students’ Online Learning Experiences: Learning Design Specification for an Innovative E-Portfolio Module for the University of Mauritius

By Girish Mautadin, Mohammad Issack Santally and Ravindra Boojhawon.

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An E-Portfolio is a digital collection of works, artifacts, resources, including demonstrations, projects, art works in form of graphics (2D, 3D), accomplishments that represent a student’s work.
The concept of e-portfolio has been derived from the traditional portfolios. From a pedagogical viewpoint, the portfolio was meant to improve the assessment process by bringing out and revealing a range of skills and understandings one student’s parts; support instructional goals; reflect change and growth over a period of time; encourage student, teacher, and parent reflection; and provide for continuity in education from one year to the next. Naturally, the portfolio had to be transformed to E-Portfolio, so as to survive the tough demand and rigid requirements of the examining bodies and also the job market. But has the e-portfolio been able to reflect the same pedagogical viewpoint from its parent portfolio?
Many people have come up with various concepts and models of e-portfolio in the education sector, and several systems have been set up to evaluate the student at different stages. Yet, these systems have failed to capture student perspectives.
The main rationale of the study is to propose a learning design specification for an innovative e-portfolio module that will be used in the Moodle e-learning environment of the University of Mauritius. One of the aspects of this research will be to give E-Portfolio a right structure for the moodle system. Hence, a need to come up with a global e-portfolio which is customizable to meet specific needs and at the same time retaining the pedagogical structure. The aim of this paper is to present the first part of the study; that is to come up with a conceptual proposal of the new E-portfolio system, excluding the technicalities and data collection.

Keywords: E-Portfolio, Eportfolio, Portfolio, E-Folio, Webfolio, Digital Folio, Reflective, Developmental, Representational, Pedagogy, E-Pegagogy, Epedagogy, Curriculum, Innovative Online Pedagogical Scenario, E-Learning, Distance Learning, Online Learning, Technology in Learning, Moodle, Models of E-Portfolio, Learning, Teaching, Assessment System, Personal Development Planning(PDP), Continuing Professional Development(CPD), Skill, Examination, Testing

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 5, pp.7-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.953MB).

Girish Mautadin

Student, Lifelong Learning Cluster, VCILT, University of Mauritius, Reduit, Mauritius

He is a graduate in BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Network Security from the University of Technology, Mauritius since September 2007. He has been appointed as Lecturer since 2008 for year 1 and year 2 university students for IT related modules for NCC UK. He is currently doing an MSc by Research in the E-learning Field. He is a Full Time Student and expect to complete by the end of this year. He is deeply interested in Meditation, Spirituality, Information Technology and Learning. His aim in life is spiritual enlightenment. His goal as career is to uplift the education system we currently have by bringing innovation and creating the motivation to learn in students in all aspects. His vision is a better world and a better humanity through the right education leading to the Global Mind Transformation.

Dr. Mohammad Issack Santally

Senior Lecturer, VCILT, University of Mauritius, Reduit, Mauritius

Mr. Santally is senior lecturer and officer in charge of the VCILT of the University of Mauritius. His area is educational technology. He has a number of publications in the field and he contributed to the VCILT to receive the COL award of excellence.

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