Electronic portfolio as a tool for blended learning implementation in higher education (virtual paper)

Zuzana Lukáčová, University of Prešov, ID CLEaR2017-492;      Abstract: The past thirty years have seen increasingly rapid advances in the field of information and communication technology. Technology as such has become an inseparable part of teaching and learning. E-learning has been a major area of interest withing the field of education for a longer period of time. However, in recent years, there has been an increasing interest in so-called blended learning which is a combination of both physical and electronic environments. A considerable amount of literature has been published on  this matter. This study aims to address the question of the implementation process of blended learning in higher education. Furthermore, it offers some important insights into the issue of blended learning and blending tools which can be used  for blended learning implementation. This paper provides an opportunity to advance the understanding of the implementation process from the perspective of student teachers through in-depth analysis of data collected in the pre-research phase. Moreover, the paper attempts to present certain steps which need to be taken for the proper implementation of blended learning in higher education. Taken together, this paper investigates electronic portfolio as a possible tool for blended learning implementation in higher education, especially with regard to student teachers of teacher training programmes.

Key words: blended learning, implementation, portfolio, student teacher