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ePortfolios for Entrepreneurs / ePortafolios para Emprendadoras: Design and Development of an Online Distance Course
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2016 (English)In: Proceedings of the 15th European Conference on E-learning Ecel 2016: Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic 27-28 October 2016, Academic Conferences and Publishing International , 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Supporting entrepreneurship is a frequently used strategy to fight unemployment in Europe as well as in Latin America. New established entrepreneurs in the diaspora often have difficulties to present themselves, their ideas and Curriculum vitae to reach an international audience. One idea for global and affordable presentations is to provide entrepreneurs with tools for ePortfolio construction online on the World Wide Web. English has always been the main language on the web but several studies indicate that problematic learning involving technical activities better is carried out in learners’ mother tongue. This study is based on a secondment in the DiasporaLink project where an online course for ePortfolio construction has been designed and implemented in a collaboration between the Stockholm University in Sweden and the University of Development/Universidad Del Desarollo in Santiago de Chile. Two fundamental design concepts for the course are multimodality and bilingualism with Spanish as a complement for more technical sections of the course. The research question that the study aims to answer is: What are important factors in the design of an online course aiming to facilitate for entrepreneurs that want to construct and publish their own ePortfolios? The overall framework for the study has been a Design science setup with three phases where the aim has been to design, implement and evaluate an online course on ePortfolio construction with the use of HTML5 and jQuery. In the first phase design ideas have been gathered from a literature study before the second phase where the actual implementation was carried out. The final evaluation has been conducted in two iterations with the first evaluation done by a small focus group and the second by a NGO supporting unemployed female entrepreneurs. Findings show that both multimodality and bilingualism are promising design concepts for online courses. The first concept is rather easy to implement with new affordable recording options and an abundance of multimedia resources available on the net. The second concept of bilingualism is harder to implement and optimise since different target groups have different levels of English skills. Ideal would be to have everything doubled in all languages but with the problem of a more time consuming and expensive course development. Finally, the handshake procedure is, as always, crucial for an online course where user’s first impressions of slow response times and complicated login procedures seem to scare off presumptive course participants without earlier experience of distance education.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Academic Conferences and Publishing International , 2016.
Series
, ECEL conference proceedings, ISSN 2048-8637
Keyword [en]
ePortfolios, Multimodality, Bilingualism, Entrepreneurs, Online education
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-135414ISBN: 9781911218180OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-135414DiVA: diva2:1045198
Conference
15th European Conference on e-Learning ECEL, Prague, Czech Republic, October 2016
Available from: 2016-11-08 Created: 2016-11-08 Last updated: 2016-11-16

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