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Thursday, June 23 • 16:10 - 17:00
CON09.13 - Mythbusting ePortfolios: Instructor-specific factors leading to ePortfolio efficacy

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Eportfolios, as both a technology and a pedagogy, are an effective tool which helps empower students to take ownership of their learning in their academic and professional lives. Although ample best practices for eportfolio usage exist, we would argue that we need to consider the critical role that the instructor has in ensuring the success of the eportfolio activity. During this session, participants will act as researchers, identifying factors and instructor attributes that may impact the success of this pedagogical implementation.

We will examine the degree to which student and instructor alignment in expectations, such as assignment guidelines, intended learning outcomes, and time necessary to complete the assignment, correlates with the success of the eportfolio learning activity. Cases of alignment, which presumably should result in positive learning experiences, and cases of misalignment, which should be less effective, are focused upon, drawing upon research conducted at the University of Waterloo. Although factors such as the ePortfolio platform, university culture, and scalability issues play a role in determining the success of the ePortfolio activity, we argue that the crucial role that the instructor plays in the process has yet to be analyzed in detail.

Looking to research that explores barriers to innovation and instructor self-efficacy, we present a model which conceptualizes instructors as taking surface, strategic, or deep approaches to using ePortfolios, and we theorize that these approaches can impact the success of these implementations.


Katherine Lithgow

Katherine Lithgow- is a Senior Instructional Developer, Integrative Learning with the Centre of Teaching Excellence at the University of Waterloo. Katherine facilitates eportfolio and integrative learning initiatives, supporting instructors across campus with the design and implementation... Read More →
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Kyle Scholz

Educational Developer, Research & Consulting, University of Waterloo
Kyle Scholz is an educational developer in the Centre for Teaching Excellence at the University of Waterloo, consulting with and supporting faculty and staff on the design and implementation of pedagogical research. He also chairs the annual University of Waterloo Teaching and Le... Read More →
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Crystal Tse

Educational Research Associate, University of Waterloo
Crystal Tse. Centre for Teaching Excellence. As the Educational Research Associate at the Centre for Teaching Excellence, she contributes to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning work and to internal program evaluation.

Thursday June 23, 2016 16:10 - 17:00 EDT
UCC 315 (Council Chambers)