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ERIC Number: EJ1214509
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2157-622X
College Students' Motivation and Confidence for ePortfolio Use
Douglas, Megan E.; Peecksen, Scott; Rogers, Jordan; Simmons, Mike
International Journal of ePortfolio, v9 n1 p1-16 2019
Research has consistently demonstrated the benefits of using ePortfolios in higher education and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) added ePortfolios to its High-Impact Practices list (Watson, Kuh, Rhodes, Light, & Chen, 2016). The majority of studies on college students' ePortfolio use have focused on implementation within a specific course or from a faculty perspective. Given the important benefit of ePortfolios for lifelong student learning, it is important to assess factors which impact intrinsic motivation from a student-centered perspective. This paper details a study of college students' motivation and confidence to use an ePortfolio system as part of a university-wide quality enhancement plan that included high-impact, experiential learning activities. This study also explored college students' personal values and their perceived advantages and disadvantages of ePortfolio use within the context of experiential learning and reflection. Data were analyzed from 339 student responses from a survey constructed based on motivational interviewing. Overall, students reported low levels of motivation and moderate levels of confidence to use ePortfolios. In addition, students who had participated in an experiential learning activity through the university's QEP reported higher confidence than those who had not. Factors identified as potentially impacting students' motivation and confidence to use ePortfolios are discussed in terms of how they can support strategies to implement ePortfolio and experiential learning programs in large, 4-year college institutions.
Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Georgia. North Instructional Plaza, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas