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Australian ePortfolio Project (AeP)

The Australian ePortfolio Project (AeP), funded by the Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, is a research project being undertaken by four Australian universities:

  • Queensland University of Technology
  • The University of Melbourne
  • The University of New England
  • University of Wollongong

The project team also draws on a range of international connections to strive to position Australia on the international ePortfolio scene and to help inform the development of relevant strategic policy.

Goals of the project

The project seeks to investigate ePortfolio practice in the higher education sector in Australia, in order to provide strategic and practical guidance about the use of ePortfolios in academic institutions. The project aims to:

  • Analyse  ePortfolio practice in the higher education sector in Australia and internationally
  • Review the  range of ePortfolio applications used in universities
  • Identify significant issues related to ePortfolio use in Australian education
  • Examine the potential relationship with current National Diploma Supplement / Australian Higher Education Graduate Statement project
  • Consider the impact of ePortfolio use on student learning outcomes
  • Recommend ways to share excellent practice in the implementation and use of ePortfolios
  • Identify opportunities to advise and support further development of ePortfolio initiatives in the higher education sector
  • Establish a project website to facilitate national and international sharing and discussion of ePortfolio issues
  • Develop an ePortfolio community of practice initiative to support the future use of ePortfolios in Australia
  • Consider the future policy direction required to engage and inform ePortfolio adoption in academic institutions
  • Position Australia on the international ePortfolio scene through leadership in research into ePortfolio practice in Australia
  • Host a two day symposium to facilitate the sharing of ePortfolio experiences both in Australia and overseas.

Key questions

  • What are the different types and uses of ePortfolios in higher education?
  • What are the reasons for using ePortfolios and who are the main audiences?
  • What are the characteristics of ePortfolios that have been successfully embedded in practice?
  • What are some of the current ICT issues associated with ePortfolios, eg interoperability, lifelong use and access by guests?
  • What are the inter-relationships between ePortfolio development and Diploma Supplement initiatives?
  • What are the inter-relationships between ePortfolios in the higher education sector and ePortfolios in other sectors, eg primary and secondary education or vocational education?
  • What are the experiences of student and graduates with ePortfolios in terms of effort, derived benefits, course planning, employment readiness, and career planning?
  • Is it possible to measure the impact of ePortfolio use on learning outcomes?
  • What are the views of employers and professional / accreditation bodies in terms of the role of ePortfolios in the recruitment process?
  • What are the implications of national policy on ePortfolio use?