Part 1 - What is an ePortfolio?

ePortfolio Definition

All eportfolios are websites, but not all websites are eportfolios. eportfolios are:

 

Why are ePortfolios Important?

According to A Vision for Penn State: A Report of the Blue and White Vision Council (2013, p. 14), portfolios are cited as an aspect of "significant technological change" pertinent to Penn State strategy in a digital (r)evolution.

 

Academic portfolios:

 

Academic portfolios benefit students by:

 

Academic portfolios benefit instructors by:

Types of ePortfolios

There are several types of ePortfolios, but this tutorial focuses on academic portfolios. Academic ePortfolios are created within a student's course or program of study. Typical characteristics of an academic portfolio include…

 

Academic ePortfolios will include some combination of the following three items:

  1. Evidence: Show me what you've learned- an artifact of learning. You develop this.
  2. Reflection: Show me how you think about what you've learned in relation to the evidence. You develop this.
  3. Assessment: The ongoing conversation and feedback which surrounds the evidence and reflection. Others (usually instructors) provide this.

 

Other types of portfolios include learning and professional portfolios.

 

Typical characteristics of a learning portfolio include…

Typical characteristics of a professional portfolio include…

 

The follwing illustration shows the difference between the three types of portfolios, as well as how one might influence the others.

Personal, academic, and profession portfolio relationship.

A personal portfolio might draw upon experiences listed in an academic portfolio. An academic portfolio might consis of a number of course portfolios combined into a holistic program portfolio. A professional portfolio, in tern, might incorporate important items from an academic portfolio.