Issues and challenges of using web portfolios: an ancient approach in a new environment

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Khaja, Farah Natchiar Mohd.. 2012. "Issues and challenges of using web portfolios: an ancient approach in a new environment." 2nd Malaysian Postgraduate Conference (MPC 2012). Gold Coast, Australia 07 - 09 Jul 2012 Sydney, Australia.
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Issues and challenges of using web portfolios: an ancient approach in a new environment

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AuthorKhaja, Farah Natchiar Mohd.
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 2nd Malaysian Postgraduate Conference (MPC 2012)
Number of Pages3
Year2012
Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.msda.org.au/index.php/students-corner/malaysian-postgraduate-conference-2012-proceedings/category/1-proceedings
Conference/Event2nd Malaysian Postgraduate Conference (MPC 2012)
Event Details
2nd Malaysian Postgraduate Conference (MPC 2012)
Event Date
07 to end of 09 Jul 2012
Event Location
Gold Coast, Australia
Abstract

This paper reports on the initial findings of a doctoral project exploring the use of Web portfolios in the training of pre-service ESL teachers in Malaysia. Web-based portfolios or Web portfolios were introduced in a computer-assisted language learning (CALL) course offered at a teacher training institution in Malaysia.
Its use is twofold: as an assignment of the CALL course where students display their understanding of CALL, and as a learning approach that fosters collaboration and reflection.
Through focus group interviews, the paper highlights issues and challenges experienced by students throughout their development of Web portfolios in the CALL course. Initial findings suggest that tensions do exist between the use of portfolios as an assessment tool and its use as a learning tool. Conflicting expectations of students owing to their limited understanding of the portfolio concept and their unfamiliarity with the Web as a learning environment are identified as the two main challenges for Web portfolio
success in the CALL course.

Keywordsweb portfolio; teacher training; computer-assisted language learning
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390108. LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy
390307. Teacher education and professional development of educators
460612. Service oriented computing
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Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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