ePortfolios: Beyond Assessment

ePortfolios: Beyond Assessment

Teresa Acosta (University of Houston, USA) and Youmei Liu (University of Houston, USA)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 9
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-890-1.ch002
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This chapter focuses on how ePortfolios: (1) shift the locus of control from instructor to student, (2) change curriculum design, and (3) develop social capital. Our contention is that as ePortfolio use gains momentum, the curricula will be scrutinized by persons both in and out of academia, and will evolve to adapt. As business, industry, the arts, government, and so forth influence and shape what is to be assessed, social capital (Bourdieu, 1986) is created, thus opening doors for new graduates entering their profession. Therefore, ePortfolios are not only tools for assessing learning and teaching, but more importantly they promote reform of the traditional educational system, bridge the divide between the academy and society, and develop social capital for the best interest of the global community.

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