Reflective ePortfolio Practices To Facilitate Affective Self-Regulation in an English for Academic Purposes Module (72139)

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Friday, 22 September 2023 15:45
Session: Session 3
Room: Sants
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

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This paper examines student reflective practices in the compilation of an ePortfolio on an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) module as part of a Foundation programme in an Irish tertiary institution. The aim of these digital teaching and learning strategies is to provide students with greater personal choice and ownership of their learning.

Over 100 EAP students output various products in the year-long module including research essays, seminar discussions, presentations, reading, writing and listening exams. Learners are free to design and select their content which includes, but is not limited to, multimedia podcasts and videos prepared alone or with peers, evidence of the process and peer-reviewed writing drafts and final submissions, reactions to lecturer feedback, reflective journal entries, and personal blogs or vlogs.

End-of-course questionnaires and reflective journal entries will be examined with data analysis focusing on the affective aspects of the process (e.g., how they contribute to future academic development). This will be followed up by focus group sessions with selected learners to review their portfolio content and their feelings about the process in general.

Analysis will examine effective implementation of learning and time management strategies, appropriate response to academic expectations and requirements, and the goal of nurturing autonomous and strategic learners by enhancing levels of self-direction and self-awareness. Our conclusion will discuss implications about the effectiveness of reflective ePortfolio processes, and will look forward to how current practices can be modified and adapted to suit individual learner needs.

Laoise Sutton, Marino Institute of Education, Ireland
Fergus O'Dwyer, Marino Institute of Education, Ireland
Kathleen Mitchell, Marino Institute of Education, Ireland

About the Presenter(s)
Laoise Sutton is an EAP lecturer with Marino Institute of Education and a Spanish tutor with Trinity College Dublin (SLSCS), formerly at Maynooth University (Spanish and Latin American Studies). Interests include learner autonomy, translation, second language acquisition, borderland studies and comparative linguistics.

Kathleen Mitchell is an EAP lecturer for the Trinity International Foundation Programme based in the Marino Institute of Education (an associated college of Trinity College Dublin). Main EAP interests include authentic assessment and problem-based learning.

Fergus O’Dwyer is a lecturer at the Marino Institute of Education, with previous posts in Germany, Ireland and Japan. Interests include learner autonomy, implementation of the CEFR, and sociolinguistics.

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00