A design-based research approach for eportfolio initiatives
Presentation at ASCILITE 2008 Melbourne by Cathy Gunn and Roger Peddie, University of Auckland.
The University of Auckland’s recently revised elearning strategy aims to support grass roots teaching and learning enhancement initiatives as well as providing standard tools for course administration and management. This offers teachers a significant degree of freedom to choose tools and strategies to suit their specific learning design requirements. This element of choice has implications for professional development and support services, and requires evaluation and testing of options during selection and implementation. ePortfolios are a current ‘hot topic’ that is being explored for educational purposes by three faculties.
An eportfolio tool is available within the in-house learning management system. However, Mahara, the open source product of a nationally funded initiative is proving to be a more popular choice. This paper outlines a systematic approach to implementation and evaluation of faculty-based eportfolio initiatives that draws on the collaborative approach of designbased research.