We asked the question “what is the added value for the student learning experience, of electronic portfolios (e-portfolios) as an innovative means of portfolio assessment?”\ud \ud We answered the question using an holistic approach aimed at giving a panoramic perspective on the role of e-portfolios in placement from the point of view of users as well as academics and policy makers. Within the constraints of time and resources, we believe we have made a worthwhile contribution to our primary objective of supporting placement unit users’ capacity to make informed choices about implementation of e-portfolios.\ud \ud A literature review of both published and “grey” material informed us of the issues and therefore questions to ask. These were put into a survey that was sent to forums that placement academics and administrative staff would be likely to access, such as ASET and PlaceNet mailing lists. Additional views were obtained in interviews with key staff in institutions that were engaged in e-portfolio development and/or innovative assessment in placement. We reviewed commonly used packages used to deliver personal development planning (PDP) in institutions. We gave access to one of the more common e-portfolio packages to a group of students and allowed them to develop their own e-portfolios, and conducted a focus group to explore their views on the utility of an e-portfolio product to them.ASE
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