Intrinsic Motivational Factors in the Use of ePortfolios by Students in Master’s Degree Programs in Education

Keywords: E-portfolio, educational technology, higher education, perception, motivation


In this paper, the authors intend to analyze the intrinsic factors that could motivate students to create and use an ePortfolio. The participants of the study were students of Master’s Degree Programs in Secondary Education from three different universities in Spain. For this study, the authors used an online, quantitative survey administered through Google Forms. The intrinsic motivation was measured using a survey adapted from the Intrinsic Motivation Inventory (IMI). This instrument evaluated the following dimensions: the perceived competence while working with the ePortfolio, the effort invested in the task, the value or usefulness of this task, and the pressure or tension felt by the students while carrying out this activity. Our data show that the most important intrinsic factors motivating students are the appreciation of the value and usefulness of the ePortfolio, followed by the students’ perception of the acquired competence.

Author Biographies

Monika Ciesielkiewicz, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Ha trabajado como profesora universitaria en EE. UU., Polonia y España. Ha realizado estancias de investigación y ha participado en proyectos de investigación en centros internacionales en EE. UU., Corea del Sur, Rusia, Polonia y España. Autora de más de veinticinco artículos y capítul

David Méndez-Coca, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Profesor de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, premio extraordinario de doctorado, acreditado como titular por la ANECA, autor de más de treinta artículos, de numerosos capítulos y dos libros. Ha participado en más de treinta congresos en diferentes países. Ha dirigido varios proyectos en educación.

Miriam Méndez-Coca, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Profesora del centro Universitario Villanueva, acreditada como Ayudante doctor, autora de más de diez artículos y de numerosos capítulos en libros. Ha participado en más de diez congresos en diferentes países. Ha dirigido varias tesis doctorales y varios proyectos de investigación en educación.


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How to Cite
Ciesielkiewicz, M., Méndez-Coca, D., & Méndez-Coca, M. (2021). Intrinsic Motivational Factors in the Use of ePortfolios by Students in Master’s Degree Programs in Education. Revista Electrónica Educare, 25(2), 1-14.
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