Students should develop their virtual identities using e-portfolios: Opinion

Postsecondary institutions should prepare students for learning by teaching them how to develop their virtual identities, write JT Torres and Marissa C McKinley. Torres and McKinley recommend that institutions consider preparing for new ways of learning by teaching students how to carefully cultivate and curate their virtual identities to avoid virtual missteps. The authors argue that a successful social network is shaped by shared ownership between students and faculty, student reflection, a clear purpose, and co-curricular support from multiple stakeholders. Torres and McKinley recommend that students develop e-portfolios that are shaped by these factors and “tell a digital story of the learning self.” The authors argue that these portfolios give students a place to express themselves and receive constructive responses while showing evidence of learning. Inside Higher Ed (Acct. Req.) Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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