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The use of Portfolios and ePortfolios in HE signifies a potential move towards a self-directed, student centred approach to learning and assessment through processes such as personal development planning, reflection and negotiation of evidence of learning. New and emergent technologies can now provide a diverse range of opportunities to represent, store and present different kinds of knowledge within a dynamic multimedia environment. Whilst many institutions place value upon the concepts underpinning the use of ePortfolios, there has, in the past, been reluctance to engage with ePortfolio systems for both technical and economic reasons. A key challenge for institutions is the selection of one ePortfolio system that can both operate within existing IT infrastructures and at the same time be able to support a plethora of different user needs. This paper reports upon one institution’s progress towards making this choice.
Donnelly, R., Harvey, J. and O'Rourke, K. (2008) Creating constructive criteria: evaluating the perceived usefulness of ePortfolios to support different user needs. ILTA 08, Dundalk IT, May, 2008