Exploring the Possibilities of an Institutional PLE in Higher Education: Integration of a VLE and an E-Portfolio System

Exploring the Possibilities of an Institutional PLE in Higher Education: Integration of a VLE and an E-Portfolio System

Jesús Salinas (University of the Balearic Islands, Palma, Majorca, Spain), Victoria I. Marín (University of the Balearic Islands, Palma, Majorca, Spain) and Catalina Escandell (University of the Balearic Islands, Palma, Majorca, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/ijvple.2013100101
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Abstract

This paper presents an exploratory study on the potential for offering students elements to construct their own personal learning environments, by integrating an institutional virtual learning environment and an e-portfolio system. The study was conducted in the University of the Balearic Islands (Spain) and 73 students enrolled on a graduate course on Pedagogy took part in the study. The course was project-based, and the study was carried out in phases. The collection of data was undertaken through observation and monitoring the evolution of the e-portfolio activity, a student questionnaire and the observation of student output. This data showed that this kind of environment is used almost exclusively for academic purposes. The conclusions include that the e-portfolio is a good tool for the organization of academic information; it is useful for collaborating and working in groups.
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Reference Framework

PLEs are becoming an important in achieving widespread recognition for their educational value, for the framework they offer and for their components, as we can see in Buchem, Attwell and Torres-Kompen (2011).

From among all the different perspectives from which PLEs can be viewed (Fiedler & Väljataga, 2010), in this paper we will concentrate on an institutional one (iPLE) and on the integration of different environments within an institutional context (Casquero, Portillo, Benito, Ovelar & Romo, 2010a).

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