Athabasca University

Digital Thesis Room >
Faculty of Graduate Studies >
Theses & Dissertations >

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10791/260

Title: Exploring the Process ePortfolio for Graduate Students in an Online Environment
Authors: Ternan, Shirley A
Supervisor(s): Dr. Debra Hoven, Associate Professor, Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University
Examining Committee: Committee Member - Dr. Terry Anderson, Athabasca University
External Examiner - Dr. Gail Kopp, Associate Professor Emeritus of Educational Technology, University of Calgary
Degree: M.Ed.(DE)
Department: Centre for Distance Education
Keywords: ePortfolio
critical thinking
critical reflection
process ePortfolio
online environment
distance education
pragmatic paradigm
mixed methods research
experiential learning
knowledge sharing
knowledge gain
Issue Date: 7-May-2018
Abstract: This concurrent mixed methods study explored some of the factors that characterize student perceptions of the ePortfolio process as a capstone project in an online environment. Factors include: knowledge attainment, the understanding and application of critical reflection, and sharing of this knowledge with the broader community. The study also attempts to determine the influences that may have impacted these students in their decision to pursue the process ePortfolio versus the traditional thesis route. Through reflective processes and critical reflection on various digital artefacts collected, students demonstrate the attainment of various competencies that are mandated in this program. The epistemology and strategy of inquiry in this research incorporates a pragmatic paradigm (worldview) obtained through practical experiences. Recommendations to the program include incorporating ePortfolio preparation and overt critical reflective activities earlier in the Master program; both of which can be accomplished through improved communication and enhanced support.
Graduation Date: Jun-2018
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10791/260
Appears in Collections:Theses & Dissertations

Files in This Item:

File Description SizeFormat
TERNAN_Thesis_07May2018.pdf3.25 MBAdobe PDFView/Open

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.


Athabasca University Library
Athabasca University Library
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm (MT)
Phone: 1-800-788-9041
Fax: 780-675-6477
E-mail: library@athabascau.ca