E = mPortfolios 2? Challenges and opportunities in creating mobile electronic portfolio systems for lifelong learning

Weber, Ian and Evans, Peter (2011) E = mPortfolios 2? Challenges and opportunities in creating mobile electronic portfolio systems for lifelong learning. International Journal of Web Portals, 3 (2). pp. 1-13. ISSN 1938-0194


This paper critically examines the developmental trends of mPortfolios and gauges their impact on newer forms of learning that utilise mobility, portability, and flexibility. Placing this study within the emerging paradigm of futures' thinking, the paper focuses on the environmental factors that shape the direction of portfolio development from electronic to mobile systems using a series of global case studies to illustrate the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead for educators. While mobility and portability emerged as strong elements in design, flexibility remains a key challenge for educators. The analysis also revealed that sector based approaches to developing mPortfolios through research and Community of Practice structures are potentially more beneficial for mPortfolio developers. Yet within these approaches there are clear advantages to be accessed from the communal-dialogical approach found within the Community of Practice approach, which could potentially inform futures' thinkers in relation to strategic planning and forecasting of new trajectories in mobile and lifelong learning.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Date Deposited: 02 May 2012 05:10
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2014 00:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: eportfolios; flexibility; futures; lifelong learning; mobility; mportfolios; portability
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080502 Mobile Technologies
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130101 Continuing and Community Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4018/jwp.2011040101
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21197

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