ePortfolios: What Will You Build?
An ePortfolio (electronic portfolio) is a digital collection of work over time that showcases your skills, abilities, values, experiences, and competencies through a broad range of evidence-based learning. An ePortfolio may include a variety of artifacts - or relevant documents and media files - that provide a holistic representation of who you are, personally, professionally, and academically. An ePortfolio may function as a venue for collecting and sharing academic work with faculty members, a tool for inviting collaboration and feedback, a professional portfolio to share with prospective employers, or a private log of academic progress.
Types of ePortfolios:
Archive/Comprehensive: Created primarily for the for the ePortfolio owner’s reference as a way to store work in a central space and organize or reflect on experiences. This can include work from personal, professional, and academic dimensions of one’s life and can serve as a holistic space for reflection and meaning-making in addition to archiving and storage.
Course/Learning: Created by a student as part of an academic course as a way to store and share assignments for evaluation and receive feedback from an instructor.
Assessment: Created by a student or program/department to demonstrate competencies and skills gained in well-defined areas over the course of a series of academic requirements. The primary purpose is to evaluate competency as defined by program standards and outcomes.
Professional/Showcase: Created with the explicit goal of sharing with professional colleagues or prospective employers in the interview or hiring process.
A hybrid of these different types of portfolios is the Integrative Portfolio, which allows a multi-dimensional focus on student learning (curricular and co-curricular), while also allowing for the assessment of learning and later transitions to professional/showcase portfolios. Through working from a course ePortfolio, students evolve to build their ePortfolio across their coursework, their experiences (curricular and co-curricular), and often feature it in capstone experiences.
ePortfolio Artifacts: What to Include
ePortfolios can include any combination of the following "artifacts" or documents and files to demonstrate evidence of learning, skills, abilities, experiences, and accomplishments. Creativity is also invited and encouraged when selecting artifacts: If you have an idea for an artifact that is not displayed below, you can include it as long as it effectively and authentically exhibits what you are trying to convey in your ePortfolio.