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E-Portfolios in Support of Informal Learning


  • Francis Brouns

    (Open Universiteit, Welten Institute, Heerlen, The Netherlands)

  • Hubert Vogten

    (Open Universiteit, Welten Institute, Heerlen, The Netherlands)

  • José Janssen

    (Open Universiteit, Welten Institute, Heerlen, The Netherlands)

  • Anton Finders

    (Open Universiteit, Welten Institute, Heerlen, The Netherlands)


Nowadays, informal learning is very much part of everyone's life, even when individuals are not aware that they engage in informal learning. Therefore it is vital that individuals and organisations become aware of the value of informal learning. Not only that, but individuals need to take control of their informal learning and make it known to others. This article illustrates how e-portfolios, as a store of learning activities and resulting products, can support reflection on the learning process by allowing learners to monitor their learning behaviour. Findings indicate that ease of use is crucial. User interface design should accommodate the needs of the learner to promote uptake of the tool. The e-portfolio has to be an integral part of the learner's working and learning processes, and assist the learner by tracking and presenting his learning activities for easy inclusion into the e-portfolio.

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  • Francis Brouns & Hubert Vogten & José Janssen & Anton Finders, 2014. "E-Portfolios in Support of Informal Learning," International Journal of Human Capital and Information Technology Professionals (IJHCITP), IGI Global, vol. 5(3), pages 18-32, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:igg:jhcitp:v:5:y:2014:i:3:p:18-32

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