Online Learning and Developing eportfolios

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Bhattacharya Madhumita  Coombs Steven 
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Fall Semester  /  Recommended semester:6,8
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Introduction Video/Audio

GSDP-Online_learning_eportfolio course .mp4 (5蛻) 

Outline of lecture

This course engages students to study in a digitally enhanced learning environment and developing eportfolios for lifelong learning and employability. In this course students will be able to appreciate various uses of eportfolios and select an eportfolio reporting style based on their needs. They will also learn about various digital tools to enhance the quality and effectiveness of their learning through using eportfolios. Note: This is a core online course serving as a prerequisite to all the other courses and also offered on a standalone basis as well. This core course is therefore available across all the academic levels of higher education either as a credit or as an audit course.

Purpose of lecture

Learning online is a ubiquitous 21st century phenomenon affecting all real walks of professional life including engineering education. Therefore, in order to effectively use digital tools students will need to personalize their learning activities in a critical reflective style for self-assessment using eportfolios.
The course learning objectives are as follows:
On completion of this course participating students will be able to:

1. Develop the generic learning skills given in the overall program learning objectives;

2. Use different tools and strategies to engage in online learning environments;

3. Identify the appropriate type of eportfolio for individual needs and circumstances;

4. Evaluate the importance of the use of eportfolios for ongoing purposes of professional development linked to employability;

5. Design and initiate the development of personal eportfolios to record the individual learning journey; and,

6. Demonstrate the quality of individual learning through evidence-based eportfolios.

Plan of lecture

Session 1: Introduction to the course and the participants, learning objectives and eAssessment.
Session 2: Introduction to online learning tools and techniques.
Session 3: Defining elearning and the nature of eportfolios.
Session 4: ePortfolio for learning and employability for engineering students.
Session 5: Initiate a design and proceed to develop an individual eportfolio.
Session 6: Plenary (Presentation, feedback and discussion of performance for future improvement).

Textbook and reference

No prescribed textbook. Open Educational Resources (OERs) will be used as given online.

Related and/or prerequisite courses

It is expected that students have some competency in English and complete this 窶廾nline Learning and ePortfolio窶 course in parallel to the other Global Skills Development courses.


Evaluation of this online flexible learning course will mainly be conducted through a student led self-assessment report of learning activities. Collaborative group work linked to reflective feedback demonstrating thinking skills and the use of ICT tools to support critical and creative thinking will also be a core emphasis of self-evaluation.

This approach will reflect Achievement based Assessment for Learning using an online learning eportfolio containing the evidence of the learning activities as a form of eAssessment for course credit.

The overall distribution of the marks are allocated to the learning activities as given below:

Online Communication
Collaborative eTools
Reflection Evidence
Organisation & Presentation
Quality Enhancement

The Pass Mark is 60%

Comments from lecturer

This course will be offered in a blended learning mode including both face to face and an online learning environment. All the course materials and activities will be available online.
The generic learning objectives are common to all five GSD courses:
Develop generic educational and academic skills of the wider Global Skills Development program within the medium of English Communication learning activities with reference to leveraging:
1. The student窶冱 knowledge
2. Critical reflection of learning experiences
3. Expression of concepts and ideas
4. Interaction with others in both face-to-face and virtual environments
5. Values, culture and ethics

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