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Integrating Student E-Portfolio into a Statistics Course: A Case Study

  • Simon Kai-Ming ToEmail author
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Abstract

The element of e-Portfolio was integrated into a general education (GE) course in elementary statistics consisting of mainly first year undergraduate students from different disciplines. While building an appropriate statistical sense in daily life scenarios was a key learning outcome, there was a need for a platform for constant reflections throughout the course. Introduced as a continuous assessment component leading to the end-of-semester group presentation, the student e-Portfolio provided not only such a platform, but also a foundation for further interactions among students. Moreover, the e-Portfolio played a major role in linking up other existing components of the course, while feedback suggested that such integration was generally valued by the students and the overall effectiveness in learning was enhanced. However, students also demonstrated mixed attitudes toward using e-Portfolios, with technical difficulties possibly a major obstacle. Both benefits and drawbacks of the implementation of the e-Portfolio are discussed and directions for possible improvements and further investigation are also explored.

Keywords

E-portfolios Mathematics education Peer learning 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsHong Kong Baptist UniversityKowloon TongHong Kong

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