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Uses and Impacts of E-portfolios for Biosystems Engineering Graduates

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  2021 ASABE Annual International Virtual Meeting  2100263.(doi:10.13031/aim.202100263)
Authors:   Jonathan Neal Davis, Mark Dougherty, Sarah Tyndall, Oladiran Fasina
Keywords:   E-portfolio, engineering education, biosystems graduates, biosystems careers

Abstract. There are two primary questions this study will seek to answer: 1. To what extent do Biosystems Engineering (BSEN) students at Auburn University continue to use and update their e-portfolios after graduation? 2. For what purposes do Biosystems engineering students continue to use and update their e-portfolios after graduation? (i.e. job promotion, career documentation, etc.) The proposed study will utilize a directly administered surveys, given to former Biosystems Engineering students who have participated in the e-portfolio project.

The goal of this study was to gain a better understanding of how and why e-portfolios are being used by BSEN students after graduation. This knowledge will be utilized to evaluate the effectiveness of the current approach used to embed e-portfolio in BSEN and other engineering undergraduate programs, and to improve on the quality of e-portfolios produced by engineering students, and e-portfolio assessment methods. Results of this study have shown that Auburn BSEN graduates largely do not utilize their e-portfolios after graduation to any extent other than beyond not deleting them. Most Auburn BSEN graduates do not interact, update or utilize their e-portfolio after graduation despite finding them valuable while still enrolled as an undergraduate student.

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