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Learning to LOLIPOP: Developing an ePortfolio and Integrating it into a First-Year Research and Study Skills Module

Learning to LOLIPOP: Developing an ePortfolio and Integrating it into a First-Year Research and Study Skills Module
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Author(s): Jennifer Bruen (Dublin City University, Ireland), Juliette Péchenart (Dublin City University, Ireland) and Veronica Crosbie (Dublin City University, Ireland)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 19
Source title: Critical Design and Effective Tools for E-Learning in Higher Education: Theory into Practice
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Roisin Donnelly (Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland), Jen Harvey (Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland) and Kevin O'Rourke (Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-879-1.ch011



The focus of this chapter is twofold: firstly, on the development of an electronic version of a European Language Portfolio, known as the LOLIPOP ELP,1 and, secondly, on its integration into a study and research skills module for first-year students on the BA in Applied Language and Intercultural Studies at Dublin City University. The chapter begins with an introduction to the concept of a European Language Portfolio (ELP) in the context of current trends in foreign language learning and teaching. It then describes the development and key features of the LOLIPOP ELP. It explains how it was integrated into a first-year, undergraduate research and study skills module focusing on elements of course design and assessment. Finally, the chapter concludes by analysing the output from the participants in this study which indicates that they appreciated the opportunity to engage with the LOLIPOP ELP and found it beneficial to their language learning although issues remain around its design and integration into an academic programme.

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