PRE-SERVICE ELT TEACHERS' EDUCATION JOURNEY THROUGH E-PORTFOLIOS

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Zeynep Bilki
Pelin Irgin

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With rapidly evolving technology, the adaptation to new contexts of teaching and learning has moved teacher educators to rethink new ways of teaching and learning in the training of future teachers (Flores & Swennen, 2020). For example, ePortfolios, as one means of digital learning, have gained prominence in pre-service teacher education (Pegrum & Oakley, 2017). However, many ePortfolio implementations in higher education have substantially focused on the semester-long use of ePortfolios as an assessment tool in a specific course (Boulton, 2014). This paper presents an innovative longitudinal implementation of an ePortfolio project in a pre-service language teacher education program, which has been developed considering the recent developments in teacher education literature. The implementation aimed to turn three-year ePortfolio work into a digital, connective, and multimodal platform in which teacher candidates present long-term evidence of their academic, pedagogical, and methodological experiences in their journey to becoming language teachers, from university to employment. 

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