As a college student in 1979 in Saratoga Springs, New York, many of my friends majoring in art worked to develop their "portfolio". Their art portfolio was housed in a rather large, perhaps a 3' by 4 ', flat, zip- up suit case with a handle on it. The purpose of their portfolio was to hold exemplars of their best graphic art work to show to an audience. It was a space to organize their art work and have it ready to preset for a variety of reasons. It was cumbersome to transport and difficult to store.
Now, twenty-five years later, I am learning about a new version of the portfolio, the e-portfolio. So what is an e-portfolio? In the words of George Lorenzo and John Ittelson in their article An Overview of E-Portfolios ” an e-portfolio is a digitized collection of artifacts including demonstrations, resources and accomplishments, and accomplishments that represent an individual, group, community, organization or institution. This collection can be comprised of text-based, graphic, or multimedia elements archived on a Web site or other electronic media such as a CD-ROM or DVD."
In her presentation E-Portfolios as Digital Stories of Deep Learning Dr. Helen Barret points out that e-portfolio can be associated with the terms, electronic portfolio, digital repository, workspace, and showcase. She focuses in this presentation on why one creates an e-portfolio and the importance of the reflective process in self-regulated learning. She notes that reflection is the "heart and soul of learning" and that the metacognitive aspect of e-portfolios is its most critical aspect. You may refer to this page by Dr. Barret to see examples of e-portfolios using google apps at the k-12 and college levels.
There are generally three types of e-portfolios, student e-portfolios, teaching e-portfolios, and institutional e-portfolios. Each type serves a different purpose and may contain artifacts which support different goals. One may create an e-portfolio to plan an educational program, or to document knowledge and learning, to find a job, or to evaluate performance.
The elements in an e-portfolio may vary. Common elements are:
- · Table of Contents
- · Mission Statement/Goals
- · Artifacts which demonstrate the purpose/goals of the e-portfolio
- · Reflections/thoughts about learning
- · Resume
- · Select Multimedia representations
Here are some rubrics which give more detail to e-portfolio elements.
Stay tuned for future blog postings where I write about the what, how, why of my own e-portfolio development.