Abstract: We analyse the electronic portfolio (ePortfolio) in higher education policy and practice. While evangelical accounts of the ePortfolio celebrate its power as a new eLearning technology, we argue that it allows the mutually-reinforcing couple of neoliberalism and the enterprising self to function in ways in which individual difference can be presented, cultured and grown, all the time within a standardised framework which relentlessly polices the limits of the acceptable and unacceptable. We point to the ePortfolio as a practice of (self-) government, arguing that grander policy coalesces out of a halting, experimental set of technological instruments for thinking about how life should be lived.
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O’Brien, P., Osbaldiston, N., & Kendall, G. (2014). ePortfolios and eGovernment: From technology to the entrepreneurial self. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 46(3), 284–295. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-5812.2011.00826.x