Academic journal article Asian Social Science

Are Students Ready to Adopt E-Portfolio? Social Science and Humanities Context

Academic journal article Asian Social Science

Are Students Ready to Adopt E-Portfolio? Social Science and Humanities Context

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Abstract

This paper presents the learners readiness towards the implementation of E-Portfolio as means of solving the persistent problems in educational setting. The purpose of the study was to examine the learner's readiness towards the implementation E-Portfolio in higher education. Initially, this paper was conducted a study with a total number of 300 students form Social Sciences and Humanites cluster and then practicing portfolio in their coursework. The pilot study was conducted and showed the reliability coefficient with Cronbach's alpha (α) is 0.825. The instrument was divided into five components which involved (1) technology accessibility (2) online skills and relationship (3) motivation (4) internet discussion and (5) importance to success, to measure the learners' readiness. The findings were reported that students are ready to have an E-Portfolio as a learning tool in constructing their knowledge and experience of learning. The E-Portfolio will extend the opportunity from paper-based into the electronic based with a variety of online learning features in gaining students interest and motivation in learning. At the end of the day, the E-Portfolio will not only benefit the students and the faculty but also towards the employability.

Keywords: E-Learning, E-Portfolio, online learning, online readiness, ICT, teaching and learning, higher education, learning management

1. Introduction

Electronic portfolio or known as E-Portfolio is one of new range of educational instrument has been seen gradually implemented in a few higher education institutions for curriculum, teaching content and assessment. Commonly, the E-Portfolio is not only used as a support tool for teaching and learning but also as a preparation for job hunting.

In higher education, students are developing E-Portfolio as an evidence-based and assessment to support their learning needs. (Michelson & Mandell, 2004; Baume & Yorke, 2002; De Rijdt, Tiquet, Dochy, & Devolder, 2006; Klenowski, Askew, & Carnell, 2006; Seldin, 1997; Wolf, 1991; Wright, Knight, & Pomerleau, 1999). This argument supported by Love et al., (2004) stated that learning technique involves instruction and evaluation has a significant effect on education. (Lopez-Fernandez & Rodriguez-Illera, 2009; Chang et al., 2011). Instead of paper-based, most of the higher institutions here been using E-Learning as a medium of teaching and learning due to the potential and the benefit of technologies.

Creative applications in ICT have a very high potential to change the educational process to support higher order thinking skills among learners. However, the evidence is still limited in data. The role and potential of ICT in bringing major changes in the education system cannot be questioned. The increase in numeral, sophistication, and the role of ICTs in providing rich and effective tools to transform teaching and learning are more autonomous and entertaining.

In the Malaysian context, E-Portfolio is seen as a potential learning support to solve a persistent problem for teaching and learning in higher education (Campbell, Melenyzer, Nettles, & Wyman, 2000; Palomba & Banta, 2001; Chapman et al., 2001; Clark & Eynon's, 2009; Li & Kunglin Wang, 2010) underlying the national policy and agency (PPIM, 2013; MQA, 2013). Although, E-Portfolio has been developed in many countries and fields, there is little research focused on it (Woelfel, 2012; Tariq & Khalid, 2013). Due to DeFabio (1993); Jamentz (1994) and Tillema (1998) statement that the proponents of portfolio are better predictors in assessing and improving students' cognitive (Chin Hung, 2013) especially higher order thinking (HOTs) skills specifically in higher education institution (Gikandi et al., 2011). In Malaysia context, Amin Embi (2010) was highlighted 90% of a HIE's are looking forward to extend the use of E-Learning including by having E-Portfolio in their system. …

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