Supervising and Writing a Good Undergraduate Dissertation

Using e-Portfolios to Support Undergraduate Dissertation Supervision

Author(s): Brendan M. Ryder

Pp: 248-271 (24)

DOI: 10.2174/9781608051762113010018

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This chapter highlights how e-portfolios, specifically the Mahara opensource environment, may be used by students and supervisors to enhance traditional undergraduate supervision practices. Mahara facilitates a collaborative peer support model of supervision and provides a centralized and accessible repository of artefacts, interactions and outputs that may be utilized to support the undergraduate research dissertation as it develops. The chapter concludes with a set of recommendations on the effective application of Mahara to dissertation supervision.

Keywords: e-portfolios, collaborative undergraduate supervision, critical thinking, feedback, goal-setting, peer support, reflection, student-centred research, Mahara.

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