Abstract: This mixed-method study focuses on the impact of using electronic portfolios (e-portfolios) in a graduate capstone course as a tool for increasing students' critical thinking and self-directed learning. The primary results indicate that the e-portfolio, as both a tool and a process, shows great potential. This study also reveals the capacity of the e-portfolio simultaneously to impact teacher and administrator leadership. Data were collected from 38 master's degree students in a graduate education leadership program. Both students and faculty engaged in the study acknowledged the transformative opportunities embedded in the e-portfolio vehicle and process. These opportunities provided lenses through which to reflect on participants' own professional development and accomplishments in new ways.
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Hyland, N., & Kranzow, J. (2012). The E-Portfolio: A Tool and a Process for Educational Leadership. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 23(2), 69–91. http://celt.miamioh.edu/ject/issue.php?v=23&n=2