The most prominent use of ePortfolios can be found in colleges of education. However, faculty from a variety of disciplines have discovered ePortfolios for effective teaching and learning. ePortfolios are also increasingly being utilized in general education required courses.
ePortfolios can be catalysts for deeper teaching and learning experiences that may include formative and summative assessment practices, rubric-driven assignments, and the use of both peer and faculty reflection and feedback in a kind of scaffolding archive showing learning progress over time. Examples of ePortfolios that demonstrate student learning fall under this category.
In addition, ePortfolios are utilized for campus-wide initiatives and usage so that educators can form academic communities for a variety of reasons, often with strong teaching and learning components, Examples of these are listed below under the heading of Multipurpose ePortfolio Systems.
Examples of ePortfolios That Demonstrate Student Learning
This web-based system is in the eighth year of implementation at Alverno College. The DDP enables Alverno students to follow their learning progress throughout their years of study. It helps students process the feedback they receive from faculty, external assessors and peers. It also enables them to look for patterns in their academic work so they can take more control of their own development and become more autonomous learners. http://ddp.alverno.edu/
Students demonstrate mastery of program and course standards or competencies by building an organized collection of multimedia artifacts that are the result of assignments and activities. http://public.clunet.edu/~gatherco/eportfolio/index.htm
The CSLP-LEARN's ePEARL software is designed for use in French and English classrooms within Canadian elementary and secondary schools. The design of the software is the result of a collaboration with the LEARN-RECIT, school board administrators, teachers, and students. The aim of this project is to combine research evidence on portfolio use with practical feedback from the field, in an attempt to develop easy to use, powerful software designed to support key processes related to self regulated learning.
A student-centered platform augmented by a Project Builder and an Assessment module. Students can create and customize portfolios for academic, career, or personal uses; maintain their plan of study; and share their work, goals, and achievements with advisors, career counselors, and employers. Faculty, departments, and institutions can create portfolio assignments linked to scoring rubrics. Assessment committees can randomly select portfolios, score them with rubrics, and generate assessment reports.
A Web-based assessment and presentation application that allows users to demonstrate their capabilities and achievements in relation to a pre-determined set of principles or standards.
Students create websites that represent their educational goals and achievements.
An online, digital system designed to allow students, faculty, and administrators to archive, assess, and evaluate student work for the purpose of class, department, program, and institutional assessment. In addition, the RosE Portfolio offers features like the Showcase Resume, the Curriculum Map, and customizable Assessment Outlines.
Web Portfolios: Enhancing the Coherence of Students' Careers at
These Web Portfolios are an important mechanism for discovering and demonstrating the principle of coherence behind each student's major.
Multipurpose ePortfolio Systems
Personal Portfolios, Community Portfolios and Course Portfolios
The University of Denver Portfolio Community (DUPC) is a fully developed web-based application that supports the academic community with a searchable database of electronic portfolios for students, faculty, staff, and alumni, community discussion, academic program assessment based on student work, and an assessment rubric library.
UBC launched a campus-wide e-portfolio pilot project, titled Campus-Wide Online Environment for e-Portfolios, in September 2003. The project spanned three years and involved a diverse group of students, instructors and staff from across the campus. In total, 12 projects, 2000 students, 91 instructors, and 37 staff (central & department/faculty) participated in the project. Individuals from each user group played a variety of roles in the project, ranging from students hired to support other students creating e-portfolios to instructors introducing them in the classroom to staff in departmental instructional support and central units supporting the associated technologies.
Catalyst Web Tools
A set of Web-based communication and collaboration applications designed for use in teaching, learning, research, and everyday work.