Edited By Laura Malita and Regina Egetenmeyer
I. ePortfolios for educational issues
10 Laura Malita Gema Diaz Dominguez L@jost – a theoretical approach: types and purposes 1. What is a portfolio and ePortfolio? A conceptual approach 1.1. Definitions University programmes in educational sciences do not normally prepare students with the knowledge and skills for a narrow professional field. Instead they pro- vide more general competences and give an academic foundation from which graduates are able to develop applicable skills in a practical context. The use of the word "portfolio" has diversified in recent decades. Based on the traditional portfolio of artists, defined as a sample to display artwork, photo- graphs, etc., the word portfolio has also been associated with fields as diverse as administration (post and responsibilities of the head of a government depart- ment) or finance (a collection of investments held by an institution or a private individual). The transition from "paper" to digital versions involves the diversi- fication of the contents of each portfolio. While the portfolio is a sample of a person’s work (with possibly the best and most relevant work), an electronic portfolio (ePortfolio), also known as Web-folio, e-folio, or digital portfolio, is a representative digital collection of evidence demonstrating a person’s achieve- ments and experience during their learning and professional career. The ePortfo- lio, usually web based, is an electronic expression of yourself presented digital- ly, giving information about your values, interests, experiences, learning, skills and competences. Other definitions link ePortfolios to self-esteem or self-assessment, for example Paris & Ayres (1994) “The overarching purpose of portfolios is to...
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