Design and implemention of an ePortfolio management system using Web2.0 services

by Liang, Cheng-Liang

Abstract (Summary)
With the increasing popularity of the Internet and the broadband network, many users are using the Web 2.0 services such as blogs, Wiki and the applications called social software. Many teachers have also tried to apply social software for teaching and learning and thought Web 2.0 services could be used for documenting students¡¦learning portfolios. On the other hand, many organizations have been conducting e-learning for years and accumulated a huge amount of historical data. One of the new trends in lifelong learning is to provide learners to be able to review all their pass learning portfolios such that they can share and reflect on what they have learned and even better advertising themselves using e-portfolios. The ePortfolio management system (EPMS) is arising for the reasons stated above. However, there are three problems with the existing e-portfolio systems. Firstly, functions provided for supporting e-portfolio are bounded into the conventional learning management system (LMS) which are not flexible and difficult to access for outside users without LMS accounts. Secondly, if using open source software to create e-portfolio systems, the integration with existing LMS is not seamless integrated. Thirdly, there are lacking standards to support data exchanges among different e-portfolio systems. This research aims to develop an integrated e-portfolio system by observing the existing obstacles, surveying related literature and interviewing several domain experts to acquire the requirements for building the e-portfolio system using Web2.0 services. After the system developed, an experiment for trial use was conducted to get feedbacks from users and an interview with three domain experts was also carried out for evaluating the system. The results show that the developed e-portfolio system can meet with many e-portfolio applications. Some future research issues have also been proposed to conclude this study.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Pao-Ta Yu; Nian-Shing Chen; San-Yi Huang; Chen-Chung Liu

School:National Sun Yat-Sen University

School Location:China - Taiwan

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:e learning eportfolio blog wiki web2 0


Date of Publication:07/21/2008

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