ePortfolios

What are they?

An ePortfolio is a digital collection of text-based, graphic, or multimedia artifacts archived on a website or storage device (CD-ROM, DVD, flash drive) that represent the accomplishments of a student or program.

Source: Educause Learning Initiative, EDUCAUSE

Typical characteristics of an ePortfolio include the following:

  • Framing Essay that makes claims about achievements of course learning goals.
  • Artifacts that provide evidence of claims (papers, digital images or video, etc.).
  • As an alternative, or in addition, to the framing essay, annotations may accompany each artifact to highlight the specific learning goals and accomplishments of that artifact.

Source: ePortfolios for Assessing Individual Students' Learning, David S. Goldstein, UW Bothell

Just like their predecessor physical portfolios, students collect their work, select examples to showcase, and reflect on what they've learned. ePortfolios help students deepen their learning of course content, become critical thinkers, and develop their writing and multimedia communication skills while providing evidence of learning for assessment. ePortfolios can also be used to assess program effectiveness; see ePortfolios for Program/Curricular Assessment below.

See also: Example Rubric 1 and Example Rubric 2

What are some resources and where is there help?

Resources at WWU

Free Tools

Low Cost Tools

Assessment Workshops - 5/2/14 with special guest, David Goldstein, Ph.D. UW Bothell

More Resources on ePortfolios for Curricular/Program Assessment