The Use of E-Portfolio for Improving Students’ English Skills: A Pilot Study in English Department, The State Polytechnic of Padang

Dhini Aulia, Desi Yulastri, Witri Handayani


ne"> This research addresses the use of technology, especially information technology, by promoting the use of electronic
portfolio (e-portfolio) for improving students' English skills. Some experts have suggested the use of e-portfolio for students in
independent learning activities and others proposed this as one of alternative assessment tools. Barret (2005) defines e-portfolio as the
store to collect and organize portfolio artifacts in many types of electronic media such as audio, video, graphic, and text; it usually
uses hypertext links to manage the materials, connect evidence to appropriate outcomes, goals or standards. However, the term of eportfolio has not been popular among English teachers in Indonesia, especially in English Department of the State Polytechnic of
Padang, although some lecturers in this institution have been using social media in giving instructions, collecting assignments and
giving feedback to students. Moodle LMS has been applied as a platform for the e-portfolio in this research. This research examines
whether the use of e-portfolio improves students’ English skills. The English skills include four skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking,
and Writing. An experimental research design will be employed. More specifically, this article discusses the students’ responses
toward the use of Moodle LMS in their learning. The questionnaire was distributed to students to find out their perceptions about
Moodle LMS. It was found that 64.62% of the responses indicates positive perceptions. In other words, the students gave positive
responses to the use of Moodle LMS. It can be concluded that Moodle LMS is considered to be used supporting the use of e-Portfolio
in the next main study, which will be conducted as an experimental study.


E-Portfolio, Moodle LMS, Pilot Study

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