An E-Portfolio System for Cultivating in Students the Ability to Perform Educational Technology Research: For Quality Assurance of Master's Course Students' Problem-Solving Abilities

An E-Portfolio System for Cultivating in Students the Ability to Perform Educational Technology Research: For Quality Assurance of Master's Course Students' Problem-Solving Abilities

Toshiki Matsuda (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2548-6.ch018

Abstract

This chapter will propose an e-portfolio system cultivating the problem-solving abilities of students through master's thesis research activities. By using this system, students should be able to conduct research on educational technology. However, most of the functions are general-purpose functions. The design and implementation of the system will be discussed as follows. First, a model will be developed to show the problem-solving abilities cultivated by students through coursework and laboratory work. These include knowledge acquisition through lectures, literature review activities, the development of gaming instructional materials, and experimental lessons. Based on the above model, the chapter will then clarify instructional contents required for students during lessons and laboratory seminars. In addition, e-learning materials will be designed to help students in learning and self-assessing their knowledge acquisition. The chapter will conclude by formulating methods to collect student information, as well as support, evaluate, and provide feedback for their laboratory work.
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Purpose

A constructed student model will provide students with informed instruction to cultivate problem-solving abilities. This study referred to and revised Matsuda’s (2015) warp and woof model of problem-solving for STEM education. Students should use this model as a guideline for performing research activities. In addition, they should utilize it for design lessons and instructional materials for practical studies.

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