Academic ePortfolios at Penn State
Teaching and Learning with Technology would like to acknowledge Glenn Johnson and Heather Hughes for revising this tutorial's content.
ePortfolios are rapidly becoming a popular way to efficiently share information about who you are, what you know, what you can do, and what you value.
The purpose of this tutorial is to walk you through the fundamental design decisions involved in creating a useful and informative ePortfolio. This tutorial will also lead to resources that will improve your technology skills as you develop your own academic ePortfolio.
Use the information in this tutorial as a guide when you are asked to share information about yourself, so that someone else will be able to appreciate who you are.
Goals and Objectives
This tutorial addresses communications skills, provides opportunities for information gathering, synthesis, and analysis in solving problems and critical thinking. Upon completion of this tutorial, you will be able to:
- Identify ePortfolios
- State why ePortfolios are important
- List the types of ePortfolios
- Identify important sources and strategies for collecting evidence about your experiences relevant to your academic ePortfolio
- Employ strategies for the selection and presentation of appropriate evidence for the intended audience of your academic ePortfolio
- Enhance the value of your evidence by strategically including reflective commentary emphasizing context and meaning
- Employ the basic information technology skills required in order to publish a simple ePortfolio so that can efficiently share this information with others
There are five sections to this tutorial. Each section includes driving questions to focus your thinking, short readings from the Penn State ePortfolio Web site to help you answer these questions, and activities which will help you develop your own ePortfolio!
- Part One – What is an ePortfolio
- Part Two – Collecting Evidence
- Activity 1: What does an Academic ePortfolio look like?
- Activity 2: What kinds of evidence belong in an Academic ePortfolio?
- Part Three – Developing Your Message
- Activity 3: Where do you hope to find yourself in two years? five years?
- Activity 4: Who will you share your ePortfolio within the next year?
- Activity 5: What are your top five pieces of evidence?
- Activity 6: Why are those pieces of evidence on your top five list?
- Part Four – Adding Reflective Commentary (Adding Value to the Message)
- Part Five - Creating Your Academic ePortfolio
The first four parts of tutorial focus on the process of developing an ePortfolio and should be reviewed in order. Part Five focuses on the skills needed to create Web pages so that you can publish your ePortfolio online. This part can be reviewed at any time.
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