A PROPOSAL OF POSSIBILITIES OF E-PORTFOLIO UTILIZATION FOR STUDENTS OF THE E-COMMERCE AND MANAGEMENT STUDY PROGRAM

I. Kremenova1, J. Fabus1, V. Fabusova1, D. Tothova2

1Zilinska Univerzita (SLOVAKIA)
2University of Agriculture in Nitra (SLOVAKIA)
The paper deals with the possibilities of using the electronic portfolio in the educational process for the student of the e-commerce and management study program. The paper defines the term portfolio and electronic portfolio, it includes an analysis of the possibilities of electronic portfolios. The electronic portfolio is a tool that is used in the educational process at secondary and higher education institutions. It improves the quality of the learning process, it provides a reflection for the student himself who, through the electronic portfolio, gets feedback on his work, and improves the student's communication with classmates and educators.

The paper also deals with the awareness of electronic portfolio possibilities of students in the e-commerce and management study program as well as their preferences. This research is intended to help the University of Žilina, but it can also help other universities with the selection and implementation of the electronic portfolio in the educational process. Through the questionnaire survey, we have explored the visions of possibilities of using the e-portfolio of students in the e-commerce and management study program.

Among extensive and often used web applications for managing the electronic portfolio abroad belong TheLearningToolkit, Sakai Project and Mahara, the electronic portfolio is a new technology that does not exist in Slovak universities, but we hope that it will gradually become a reality for universities in Slovakia. Because these systems are used in many countries, we have analyzed their functional characteristics. More detailed analysis of the technical and didactic aspects of the use of portfolio management systems was carried out, on the base of Klaus Himpsl and Peter Baumgartner evaluating systems and processes, when using the portfolio.

Based on the analysis of e-portfolio applications and their features, we have chosen the appropriate tool for implementing the e-portfolio application into the learning process for the student of the e-commerce and management study program. We have focused on freely available open-source applications to minimize setup and usage costs. The e-portfolio operated on the Mahara system has been chosen from the created proposals as the most suitable solution for the University of Žilina. This can be linked to an existing Moodle system, which is already in use at school.