Using reflective e-portfolios to promote student learning in the transition to higher education Serena Bufton Ester Ehiyazaryan Sheffield Hallam University,

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  • Using reflective e-portfolios to promote student learning in the transition to higher education Serena Bufton Ester Ehiyazaryan Sheffield Hallam University, UK
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  • The Context A first-year assessed skills and support module on a large, social science degree. Assessed personal/academic development planning introduced in 2001. Evidence of lack of engagement and general dislocation and alienation amongst students.
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  • How may e-portfolios help? E-portfolio use may encourage: greater ownership of learning; integrative learning; more reflective, intentional learning; pedagogic innovation.
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  • Research Project PebblePad e-portfolio tool introduced for first-year students in January 2007. Assessed PDP work carried out using the tool. Analysis of 30 PDPs. Four focus-group meetings, three with students and one with tutors.
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  • Dimensions of Intentional Learning Taking responsibility Taking stock Taking Action
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  • Taking Responsibility: Challenges Identified by Students Looser external direction and time- management. A less personalised learning context. Unfamiliar academic conventions. Loss of motivation.
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  • How can e-portfolio help? Facilitates frequent and speedy on- going support and feedback. Provides an additional channel of communication and a forum for sharing and collaborative work. Becomes a focus for the integration of learning across modules and levels. Encourages ownership of learning.
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  • Taking Stock: Challenges Identified by Students Lack of understanding of feedback provided by tutors: referencing analysis creativity Little experience of assessing own academic strengths and weaknesses.
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  • How can e-portfolio help? Provides a window on students thought processes and a space for exploring feedback. Structures the process of self assessment and links it to an evidential base. Encourages students to make links between their feedback and reflections in different modules.
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  • Taking Action: Challenges Identified by Students Feedback not viewed as: actionable a basis for on-going dialogue Students distracted by more mundane (but pressing) challenges such as time management. Students are uncertain about how to evaluate the actions they take.
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  • How can e-portfolio help? Provides an additional vehicle for on- going, contextually-based dialogue with other students and tutors. The iterative cycle of work, feedback and reflection and the linking of past, present and future learning encourage a more holistic approach to learning.
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  • Further research We are tracking these students in their second and third years to see what use they make of their e-portfolios. Our central question is whether, and how, e-portfolio use helps students to reflect upon and improve their learning. An additional interest is the pedagogic potential of e-portfolios more generally.

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