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The goal of the Learning Portfolio Program is to provide resources and support for faculty, staff, and students so that they may receive the maximum benefits of learning portfolios. Loyola University Chicago has contracted with Digication to be the university’s official learning portfolio platform. Click below to learn more about learning portfolios and how they are used at LUC.

What is a Learning Portfolio?

  • A high-impact learning tool
    • A learning portfolio (also referred to as an ePortfolio) is a digital collection of a person's work, ideas, and personal expression.
    • Learning portfolios may showcase learning progression, evidence of growth, achievement, personal goals, and self-reflection. They include carefully selected artifacts in the form of essays, research reports, videos, audio recordings, images, and much more.
    • Learning Portfolios are one of the 11 high-impact teaching and learning practices identified by the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).
  • More than a repository
    • Learning portfolios are like a digital scrapbook. While many traditional assignments and assessments create a snapshot of a moment in time, learning portfolios provide an opportunity for storytelling and a holistic understanding of a person's learning experience. Stories told in a portfolio can exceed the boundaries of traditional assignments and assessments. 
    • While learning portfolios can function as a product (an archive of artifacts), their benefits are maximized when portfolios function as a process that supports student learning.
  • Not an LMS (Learning Management System)
    • A big difference between learning portfolios created in Digication and an LMS (Sakai) can be found in ownership. Sakai is "owned" and managed by instructors. Learning portfolios are "owned" by students: they can control access, design elements, and which artifacts are added.
    • In most cases, students lose access to Sakai courses when the semester ends. Students will have full access to Digication for as long as Loyola University Chicago is contracted with Digication. This means students will continue to have ownership over their learning portfolios long after graduation.
  • A tool for critical reflection
    • Critical reflection goes beyond describing a student's experience-- it is a thinking and reasoning process that makes meaning of an experience.
    • Learning portfolios allow students to curate reflections that reveal the intersections of their backgrounds, personal identities, and experiences in and out of the classroom.
    • You can learn more about critical reflection here.
  • A tool for assessment and accreditation
    • A learning portfolio can be a powerful tool for assessment and evaluation. By establishing a set of criteria of evidence each student is required to submit, evaluators can measure what concepts students have mastered and where they are falling short.
    • Learning portfolios can be used as formative assessments (throughout students' course of study) or as summative evaluations (at the end of the standard degree program).
    • Portfolio assessment has advantages over other modes of evaluation in that students often have the opportunity to select what they feel is their best representative work. With the ability to include multiple formats, including multimedia, learning portfolios address a variety of learning styles.
    • Learning portfolios provide a space in which students can receive meaningful feedback that informs them of their strengths and deficits. This feedback can be based on an established measure, called a rubric, that provides specific information about a student's performance.

How Are Learning Portfolios Used?

Loyola University Chicago supports four different types of Learning Portfolios. 
  • Course Portfolios
    • Typically used in a single course for students to submit assignments, connect course concepts, reflect on their learning, receive peer and instructor feedback, and integrate academic and co-curricular experiences.
  • Integrative Portfolios
    • Used within an entire major, minor, or academic program for students to connect content across multiple courses, create an interdisciplinary learning experience, integrate beyond-the-classroom experiences, and assess student learning.
  • Assessment Portfolios
    • Used by instructors to evaluate student learning outcomes, competencies, or skills as defined by a program's standards and/or outcomes. Students upload artifacts that demonstrate attainment of the aforementioned areas.
  • Professional/Showcase Portfolios (in partnership with the Career Services)
    • Used by students, faculty and staff to share skills, competencies, or experiences with professional colleagues or prospective employers.
    • Students use the portfolio to track professional growth and make meaning of professional experiences over time.
    • Faculty may consider creating a portfolio to support their promotion and tenure processes.

 

Learning Portfolio Help

Digication Basics
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How to log into Digication
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How to create a portfolio
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How to add content to your portfolio
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How to utilize the conversation tool
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How to add and format portfolio pages
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Help For Students
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How to access a portfolio template
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How to submit an assignment
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How to share your portfolio
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How to upload edTPA materials
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Help For Faculty and Staff
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How to create a course or assessment group
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How to create an assignment in a course
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How to create a  portfolio template for your course
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How to add prompts to a portfolio template
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How to add new students, faculty, or a TA to your course
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How to view student submissions
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Accessibility Features
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Adding alt text to portfolio images
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Adding subtitles or closed captioning to portfolio videos
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Screen reader guide for ePortfolios
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Contact Us

Contact the Learning Portfolio Program Manager
  • What can the Learning Portfolio Program Manager do for you?
    • Collaborate to find the most effective way for you to use learning portfolios in our program or course.
    • Provide individualized training as you learn how to use Digication.
    • Meet with your students to provide instructions or to answer questions about learning portfolios.
    • Support you as you take ownership of your portfolio development
      • Due to program growth, we can no longer build entire learning portfolio templates or courses for you. However, our team is here to guide and support you every step of the way!
  • Email: learningportfolio@luc.edu 

 

Reach out to Digication directly