E-portfolios: an assessment tool for online courses

Mason, Robin; Pegler, Chris and Weller, Martin (2004). E-portfolios: an assessment tool for online courses. British Journal of Educational Technology, 35(6) pp. 717–727.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8535.2004.00429.x


This article considers the various uses of e-portfolios in an educational context and looks at the particular characteristics of the electronic version of portfolios. It then focuses on the application of the e-portfolio as an assessment method. A case is made for the use of the e-portfolio as an appropriate end of course assessment process where learning objects are the basis of the course design. Evaluation data from such a course is presented. This is a post-graduate online course run by the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University. Conclusions are drawn from the evaluation about the appropriateness of eportfolios as an end of course assessment method.

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