The emphasis of the portfolio development for the University College Associate Degree programs will be on the student as a self-directed learner. As ‘constructivism’ is the approach that typically underlies web-based courses (Bangert, 2004), students will be expected to construct their own ideas and solutions through the e-portfolio. The students interact the most with the content and experiences to gain understanding and therefore can construct their own reflections and solutions about events. Students will have autonomy and be expected to use their own initiative and creativity to construct knowledge. Story telling through reflection and seeking feedback from others is a useful technique in knowledge construction.
“From a broader perspective, ePortfolios fall within a learning theory known as social constructivism. That theory proposes, in part, that learning happens most effectively when a student constructs a system of knowledge for himself, rather than simply having information presented to him. Additionally, the theory proposes that another determinant of effective learning is that it happens in a social context – that is, we construct our knowledge through dialogue and interactions with others. With ePortfolios, the process of reflection originates as a solo activity, but becomes social through a feedback loop, as the student’s instructor, peers, mentors, and even family members respond to and provide commentary on those reflections. In this regard, making and then sharing an ePortfolio with others is somewhat like telling a story: the story of one’s journey of learning.”(University of Waterloo, 2017)
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