Investigation into a University Electronic Portfolio System Using Activity Theory

  • Wardah Zainal Abidin
  • Lorna Uden
  • Rose Alinda Alias
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 172)


The last few years have seen an enormous growth of interest in e-portfolios and the benefits they can bring to learners. While it is generally agreed that e-portfolios have great potential to engage students and promote deep learning, the research that has been conducted to date focuses very little on student perceptions of value of the e-portfolio for their learning. If students do not agree or wish to use the e-portfolio as an integral part of their educational experience, then the potential impact the e-portfolio have on learning will not be realised. This paper describes the development of an e portfolio system to promote reflective skills for engineering students in a university in Malaysia. The Activity Theory is used as a lens to explain the reasons for the failed adoption of the e portfolio system.


Electronic Portfolio System Activity Theory Contradictions Undergraduate Students 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wardah Zainal Abidin
    • 1
  • Lorna Uden
    • 2
  • Rose Alinda Alias
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Informatics, Advanced Informatics SchoolUniversiti Teknologi MalaysiaKuala LumpurMalaysia
  2. 2.FCETStaffordshire UniversityBeaconsideUK
  3. 3.Academics and InternationalisationUniversiti Teknologi MalaysiaJohor BahruMalaysia

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