University, e-portfolio and students: perpetuating a sense of failure?

Bardy, Helen, Loveland-Armour, Lorraine and Parkes, Sarah (2016) University, e-portfolio and students: perpetuating a sense of failure? Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching, 9 (13). pp. 40-50. ISSN 2044-0073

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Newman University embraces partnership work according to the principles of a pedagogy of partnership, evidenced through development of Student Academic Partnership, Student Research Partnership and Student Community Partnership projects. Driving enhancement of digital literacy in its graduates, the Youth and Community Work programme embraced the open source e-portfolio platform Mahara for use on study skills and placement modules. Staff, however, became aware of the difficulties encountered by students using Mahara and embarked on an initial ‘Student Academic Partnership’ project to unmask these and inform teaching development. This was subsequently followed by a ‘Student Research Partnership’ project that investigated specific difficulties for students with dyslexia. The projects found that students valued peer-to-peer support rather than online support resources, and uncovered a variety of navigational issues that reinforces a sense of failure (Nosek, 1997), hindering progress and ultimately limiting opportunities for students creatively to express knowledge and understanding of a given subject.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article originally published in the open access journal Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching.
Divisions: Faculty of of Arts, Society and Professional Studies > Department of Social Science and Business
Depositing User: Jane Faux
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2017 16:48
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2018 11:56

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