06 SES 04, Ecologies of Learning and Media Theory
In 2016-2017 a group of students and educators from Belarus developed a software that publishes students’ e-portfolio from open-access information available from professionally oriented social networks (fb, linkedin). Development of such software was related with educational research, which is presented in the paper. E‐Portfolio allows for demonstrating the achievements in graduate research and readiness for prospective employment. Portfolio has a dual purpose - on the one hand, evaluation of educational successes and scientific achievements, and on the other - assessment of readiness for a professional career. The purpose of this paper is to examine the concept, structure and functions of students’ e‐Portfolio built with open-access information published in professionally oriented social networks. The other purpose is to introduce software providing pre-moderated students’ e-portfolio on the university’s website built with open-source information obtained from social networks and introduce its role in choosing the university courses for career building, graduate research and learning environment. European and international dimension of research is related with prospective employment and research activities of students, which become available to any interested person worldwide.
Design/methodology/approach The paper starts with the concept of e‐Portfolio and structure of open-access information published in professionally oriented social networks. Main tasks of e-portfolio are: educational and scientific evaluation and assessing readiness for a career. Presentation of e-portfolio In the context of modern digital technology and innovative educational perspectives emphasize critical thinking, social interaction, task‐based learning, and independent learning. Research includes analysis of several questionnaires from over 1800 students from Belarus, statistical information obtained from linkedin, facebook, yandex metrics and google analytics.
Results of survey analysis The paper includes results of surveys. Our Postgraduate Perceptions survey was completed by 114 graduate students (applied informatics, IT-infrastructure management) and graduates, working in the ICT industry. A total of 390 viewed the survey, 213 started the survey and 114 completed the survey, i.e .: a 54% completion rate. The response distribution was from 5 countries (Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Armenia and Latvia). Standard biographical data (like gender and race) were not included in the survey. Out of the 114 respondents, 111 indicated their highest qualification. The entire group of respondents (n = 109) indicated that special studies that are indicated in e-portfolio separate individuals in the job market (16%), create better job opportunities (20%), and, most importantly, improve career opportunities (53%). Going into industry provides valuable technical experience (8%), is better for one's career (9%), and provides a better platform for gaining practical experience and knowledge (12%). Findings Our preliminary research results show that the development of open-source based ePortfolios can help students develop a set of skills and attributes that employers are looking for. There is a promising correlation between the attributes and skills valued by employers and the skills and strategies students think they have developed through the creation of ePortfolios. In other words, certain attributes and skills that employers look for may be developed and enhanced in the process of creating ePortfolios. It is found that e‐Portfolio greatly enhances three important aspects of students’ research: academic development, research profile and social networking. E‐Portfolio empowers students’ research to take full control of their own learning, research and educational trajectories. Originality/value – The paper shows that e‐Portfolio contributes to the enhancement of educational practices in terms of moving the teaching and learning focus from supervisor‐centred to student‐centred learning and research, as well as from technological control to technological empowerment.
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