Reflecting lifelong learning in multipurpose electronic portfolios

E.A.M. van Puffelen, M.M. Kerr, D. Niguidula

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Learning, the accumulation of all one’s experiences, continues as long as we are living. Studies have shown that we learn even when asleep (Koninck, Christ, Hebert, & Rinfret, 1990). Individuals naturally enjoy reflecting on their accumulated experiences, as evidenced amply in personal Web sites, photograph albums, journals, and scrapbooks as well as more formal curriculum vitae, portfolios, autobiographies, and memoirs. One could never completely list a lifetime’s activities. Even if available, that exhaustive inventory would not predict clearly which combined experiences from all activities have resulted in knowledge and skills for new endeavors. Therefore, we have to choose and prioritize our experiences in order to draw conclusions about them. Well-selected descriptions of experience can support lifelong learning. This article describes how to construct electronic portfolios so they enhance the process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPortfolioworld Conference 2004
Place of PublicationArnhem
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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