The use of ePortfolios is a popular response to the increasing complexity and changes occurring in the higher education sector. Effective uptake of ePortfolios requires understanding of the users’ foundational attitudes, early conceptualisation of the technology and its perceived relevance to their context. This research offers insights into the perceptions of students at the beginning of their ePortfolio learning journey in a regional university. This paper presents the quantitative data collected in the pre-use survey from 567 student respondents. The research showed that most of the student were confident and willing computer users, with a relatively mature understanding of the purposes of using an ePortfolio but only about half, however, were enthusiastic or positive about the introduction of an ePortfolio into their course. Yet conceptually, the students had a relatively mature understanding of using an ePortfolio for reflective practice and collection and storage of competency evidence.
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