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Online Student Portfolios (AKA, electronic or digital portfolios, efolios, etc.)

We teach efolio production to:

  • Grad students who make personal sites geared towards getting a job with their new degree. 
  • Teachers in training who make portfolios to help them get their teaching license from the State of Vermont. 
  • Teachers who are after their first job and need a public small porfolio of their best work.  
  • Undergraduate students in a class called "u, online" that explores how to define your online presence to help you get a job, into graduate school, or make a site for an organization or cause. 
  • 3-8th graders who put their best work up on private sites for their parents and teachers. 
The single act of building an online portfolio consistently surprises us because it teaches:
  1. Digital and media literacy: One needs to not only read, but also learn to write, to be literate. By making media, we learn to consume it with more awareness of what media authors are doing to try and influence our feelings and thoughts. 
  2. The importance of evaluation: Usability testing a site shows you the need to study what the consumers of the media you make think about it, and what you might change to align that with your goals. 
  3. Design skills that also serve for designing other media such as photos, video, presentations, etc. 
  4. Self-reflection of academic work, passions, skills and future plans
  5. Technology skills to documents, broadcast, and backs-up one's work

Learning Outcomes

The process of putting one's best work online teaches students to answer the following questions:
  • What is your best work? Why? What did you learn?
  • Who are you online? When you land on any website, impressions are made by the text, images and colors. How do you control people's perceptions? How do you find out what people think?
  • What kind of job do you want? How do you make an online portfolio that illustrates your goals?
  • What do you believe in? What philosophy drives your work? Can you show that in text and images?

 Technology, design and media production outcomes

  • Technology and media literacy of online content. To be literate one needs to not only read, but to write, get feedback and rewrite. Media is the same, one can only learn so much from consuming. To be literate on has to make media, test it with consumers, and revise it.  
  • How to produce good text, typography, photography, audio, and video
  • Usability testing and user centered design
  • Graphic design basics, color theory, composition, and lighting

Our Templates (free to download and use) 

The below templates are "teaching templates" that contain instruction and examples. They are constantly being improved. 

Teacher Training Professional Portfolio
For newly licensed teachers looking for their first job. This is also part of a web technology and media class at Marlboro Grad School. 

Student Academic Portfolio: 3rd - 6th
For students in the 3rd to 6th grades to self-reflect and broadcast their best work. 
student academic portfolio grades 3-6

Efolio Examples

Spark Social Justice Teacher Education

EdTech Masters Students

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