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  • Define the purpose an ePortfolio.
  • List the types of artifacts an ePortfolio can contain.

Electronic Portfolio

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An electronic portfolio (e-portfolio) is an electronic collection of selected work that you’ve completed. The purpose of compiling this e-portfolio is to showcase your performance and progress as a student writer in a productive way that help you reflect on what you’ve learned and how you can take that learning beyond the course.

An ePortfolio may include input text, electronic files, images, multimediablog entries, and hyperlinks. E-portfolios are both demonstrations of the user’s abilities and platforms for self-expression. If they are online, users can maintain them dynamically over time.

One can regard an e-portfolio as a type of learning record that provides actual evidence of achievement. Learning records are closely related to the learning plan, an emerging tool which individuals, teams, communities of interest, and organizations use to manage learning. To the extent that a personal learning environment captures and displays a learning record, it may also operate as an electronic portfolio.

E-portfolios, like traditional portfolios, can facilitate students’ reflection on their own learning, leading to more awareness of learning strategies and needs.[2] Comparative research by M. van Wesel and A. Prop between paper-based portfolios and electronic portfolios in the same setting tentatively suggests that use of an electronic portfolio may lead to better learning outcomes.[3]

For English ePortfolios we focus on writing. Composing, genre, rhetorical situation, and audience all play an important role in crafting a successful portfolio.

There are three main types of e-portfolios, although they may be referred to using different terms:

  • developmental (e.g., working)
  • assessment
  • showcase

A developmental e-portfolio can show the advancement of skill over a period of time. The main purpose is to provide an avenue for communication between student and instructor. An assessment portfolio will demonstrate skill and competence in a particular domain or area. A showcase portfolio highlights stellar work in a specific area, it is typically shown to potential employers to gain employment. When it is used for job application it is sometimes called career portfolio. Most e-portfolios are a mix of the three main typesthree main types of portfolios, development, assessment, and showcase, to create a hybrid portfolio.

Building a Blackboard Portfolio website by Elizabeth Burrows

Important Concepts

electronic portfolio (e-portfolio)

learning records

personal learning environment

developmental e-portfolio

assessment portfolio

showcase portfolio

career portfolio

hybrid portfolio

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  1.  Zimmerman, Eilene (30 June 2012). “Career couch: Showcasing Your Work, in an Online Portfolio”The New York Times. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  2. Jump up^ Moon, Jenny. “Guide for Busy Academics No. 4: Learning through reflection”. The Higher Education Academy. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  3. Jump up^ M. van Wesel & A. Prop (2008). “The influence of Portfolio media on student perceptions and learning outcomes” (PDF). Maastricht University. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 29, 2012.



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