Research : The Inter/National Coalition for Electronic Portfolio Research is an organization that convenes research/practitioners to study the impact of e-portfolios on student learning and educational outcomes (Inter/National Coalition, 2009).
E-portfolios use is growing significantly, but without a major organization guiding or monitoring its growth it lacks the components to become a field. The literature on e-portfolio use is increasing, but it is still scattered and supplies pieces of e-portfolio use.
Development: During the development process some concerns that arise are increase workload for faculty and student concerns about how to use the e-portfolio in their search for employment and promote professional development and to make assessments.
Critical attributes that will help e-portfolios meet critical mass in education is observability and relative advantage. If teachers given the opportunity to see the success of others utilizing e-portfolios they may be willing to adopt.
Relative advantage- Gather student work to represent performance task and mastery of standards and you do not have to worry about storage space.
“ The growth of e-portfolio use is directly related to its elasticity, to the diversity of purposes for which it can be used, including enriched learning and improved career development, transfer and assessment” (Clark& Eynon, 2009, p.18)
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