Scaffolding Knowledge Management in ePortfolios

Cox, Sharon and Perkins, J. (2010) Scaffolding Knowledge Management in ePortfolios. 11th European Conference on Knowledge Management, ECKM 2010. pp. 296-304. ISSN 20488963 (ISSN); 9781906638719 (ISBN)

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Abstract

A key challenge in Higher Education is how to develop learning and assessment opportunities that will assist students in constructing and sharing knowledge through absorbing, embedding and reflecting on their learning experiences. This paper explores the role of ePortfolios in knowledge management within the context of education. Portfolios provide students with the opportunity to document their learning journey and have become established artefacts in evidence-based practice. EPortfolios support a range of multimedia which can be included to enrich the portfolio and embrace social technologies. This paper examines a range of applications of ePortfolios in different UK Higher Education Institutions, across disciplines including education, business and computing. Differences in the purpose, use, style and assessment of ePortfolios are considered and a taxonomy of distinct approaches to structuring ePortfolios is developed. The taxonomy is then analysed in terms of the extent to which the different applications of ePortfolios provide opportunities to support the development and assessment of student knowledge. Specifically, the role of structuring knowledge within ePortfolios is considered. The initial findings demonstrate that ePortfolios harness a student's skill in social networking, capturing their imagination and promoting engagement in knowledge related activities. The role of the artefact in stimulating and facilitating knowledge is reviewed using the theory of the task-artefact cycle. The experience of using ePortfolios in knowledge management is then compared against previous work which has explored the use of blogs as tools of knowledge construction to encourage reflection. The paper concludes by proposing recommendations for the development of learning opportunities which embrace the knowledge management capabilities of ePortfolios and considers the potential broader role for ePortfolios in knowledge management.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: EPortfolio, Reflection, scaffolding, Situated practice, Technological knowledge artefacts, E-portfolios, Evidence-based practices, Higher education, Higher education institutions, Knowledge construction, Knowledge management capabilities, Learning experiences, Learning opportunity, scaffolding, Sharing knowledge, Situated practice, Structuring knowledge, Student knowledge, Technological knowledge, Knowledge management, Reflection, Scaffolds, Taxonomies, Students
Subjects: X200 Research and Study Skills in Education
X900 Others in Education
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Study of Practice and Culture in Education (C-SPACE) > Re-thinking Higher Education Pedagogies and Practice
UoA Collections > UoA25: Education
Depositing User: Sharon Cox
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2017 13:40
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2017 15:36
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2775

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