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Beyond the shoebox: Developing an ePortfolio for Leisure Sciences students

Sue Colyer and Julie Howell
Edith Cowan University
This presentation reports work in progress for an Edith Cowan University Teaching and Learning grant project to create an electronic portfolio for Leisure Sciences students. The presentation will outline the components of the project being undertaken and the processes that students will experience. The e-portfolio for Leisure Sciences students will be trialed during Semester 1, 2002 in a unit on leisure facility planning. The e-portfolio is emerging as the latest tool in professional development, for documenting in-service achievements and seeking employment. Considerable portfolio development has occurred in the field of education and the arts, but other disciplines are increasingly applying the portfolio as a professional tool, for example in Youth Work studies (Cooper, 1997). An e-portfolio for Leisure Sciences students will enhance the existing practicum (industry practice/ fieldwork) component of their course, building throughout each year of the course.

The project will consist of more than an electronic storehouse for a resume and copies of evidence such as scanned reference letters, photographs and even video clips. It will include a self-learning process to help students identify 'gaps' in their current portfolio. One feature of this process will be an interactive web site (Blackboard, WebCT or similar) that will allow students to identify their existing skills, competencies and experiences. These capabilities could then be compared to samples of 'real' job advertisements and corresponding job descriptions. In this way the students could see in which areas they need additional paid or voluntary work experience or additional skills to meet specific job requirements.

This presentation is more practical that philosophical, drawing on a vast literature in the general area of portfolio development and applying some recognised models to a structure for Leisure Sciences students. It is proposed that some preliminary examples of the e-portfolio planning and storage facilities will be available for demonstration.

Authors: Dr Sue Colyer, Senior Lecturer, School of Marketing Tourism and Leisure, Edith Cowan University
Julie Howell, Career Advisory Service, Edith Cowan University

Presentation format: Roundtable

Please cite as: Colyer, S. and Howell, J. (2002). Beyond the shoe box: Developing an ePortfolio for Leisure Sciences students. Proceedings of the 11th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 5-6 February 2002. Perth: Edith Cowan University. http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2002/abstracts/colyer-abs.html

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