E-portfolios are electronic portfolios, hence the name, which may include inputted text, electronic files, images, multimedia, blog entries, and hyperlinks. E-portfolios, like traditional portfolios, can facilitate students' reflection on their own learning, leading to more awareness of learning strategies and needs.(Moon) Results of a comparative research between paper based portfolios and electronic portfolios in the same setting, suggest use of an electronic portfolio leads to better learning outcomes.(M. van Wesel & A. Prop, 2008)
I recently signed up for Mahara, which is an e-portfolio and at first I found it very confusing. I'm still not sure on a lot of things but each time I access Mahara I learn a little more. Like a lot of other technologies mentioned in my blog Mahara would be useful to upload files so that the class can access them.
Moon, Jenny. "Guide for Busy Academics No. 4: Learning through reflection" (MSWord). The Higher Education Academy accessed 18/08/09 from http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/York/documents/resources/resourcedatabase/id69_guide_for_busy_academics_no4.doc.
M. van Wesel & A. Prop (2008) The influence of Portfolio media on student perceptions and learning outcomes. Paper to be presented at the Student Mobility and ICT: Can E-LEARNING overcome barriers of Life-Long learning Conference, Maastricht accessed 18/08/09 from(http://www.fdewb.unimaas.nl/EDUC/MASTER/Documents/Proceedings_S_ICT2008_Final.pdf#page=73)