EED (Law): Reflective ePortfolios as a teaching methodology (1st Year Student Development)

Lecturer Mahmoud Patel [Module Coordinator, English for Educational Development (EED)], implemented the use of ePortfolios in his teaching practice for first year Law students. This decision was made after a conceptualisation meeting with CIECT Instructional Designer. The lecturer in collaboration with CIECT implemented the large-scale student development project during the 2018 academic year. Lecturer Mahmoud co-presented with two tutors and presented their findings during the annual eLearning colloquium in 2018. Please view the video recording on our CIECT YouTube channel:https://tinyurl.com/yc2vfsnz

The CIECT team conducted the necessary training with students and actively engaged in the delivery of nineteen (19) ePortfolio workshops. A predefined template with a specific structure was created and shared with the students. This allowed for a more simplified evaluation process for the lecturer and tutors; and conformity was ensured across all ePortfolios.

The interactive ePortfolio student workshops entailed:

  • Accessing and viewing structure – main-pages: Introduction, Lecture tasks, Tutorial tasks, Assessments and Self-initiated pieces,
  • Creating content,
  • Embedding of multimedia components,
  • Sharing relevant resources,
  • Embedding evidence (academic journey) and,
  • Sharing of ePortfolio with tutors.

The ePortfolio is used for formative assessment purposes; and the monitoring-and-tracking of students’ development and competencies over a period of time. The ePortfolio also allows students to reflect on their progress and take ownership of their learning. The tutors within the programme are able to continuously monitor student progress, assess specific groups, and advise with regards to formative assessment submissions.

Mr Patel will continue with this teaching methodology in 2019 and first year students will develop and share their reflective ePortfolios.

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