E-Portfolios and History Teaching: Supporting the Development of Information Literacy and Research Skills

Catherine Frances Ladds*

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This chapter explores the utility and limitations of student academic e-portfolios in learning and assessment in the humanities. Whereas a substantial literature exists on the benefits of e-portfolios in education, language learning, and writing courses, the potential usefulness of e-portfolios in humanities education is lightly trodden ground. Using two case studies of the implementation of student academic e-portfolios in Hong Kong-based university history courses, this chapter considers how the e-portfolio format can support the development of both discipline-specific research ability and cross-curricular skills, such as information literacy. Furthermore, because of their online nature, e-portfolio assignments are well positioned to exploit recent developments in the digital humanities. Nevertheless, student feedback on the experience of creating an e-portfolio suggests that, while non-history major students were receptive to the low stakes and graduated nature of the assignment, a significant shift in disciplinary cultures of learning and assessment is required in order to implement e-portfolios successfully in advanced-level history courses.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationE-Portfolios in Higher Education
Subtitle of host publicationA Multidisciplinary Approach
EditorsTushar Chaudhuri, Béatrice Cabau
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9789811038037
ISBN (Print)9789811038020, 9789811099700
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Humanities education
  • Information literacy
  • Research portfolio


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