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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Design skills that also serve for designing other media such as photos, video, presentations, etc.
- Self-reflection of academic work, passions, skills and future plans
- Technology skills to documents, broadcast, and backs-up one's work
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 students in the 3rd to 6th grades to self-reflect and broadcast their best work.
Spark Social Justice Teacher Education
EdTech Masters Students
- EduTech Wiki article on efolios. More extensive than most other encyclopedia articles on e-folios.
- ElectronicPortfolios.org. Dr. Helen Barrett. Electronic Portfolios and Digital Storytelling for lifelong and life wide learning
- Backward Design: Teaching for Enduring Understanding. August 10, 2011, 3:00 pm. By Mark Sample
- Hurdling toward Campus wide E-Portfolios. Campus Technology, v24 n1 p32-38 Sep 2010. 7 pp.
- Electronic Portfolios: a Path to the Future of Learning. March 18, 2009. By Josh Fischman.
This is a summery of: Making Common Cause: Electronic Portfolios, Learning, and the Power of Community. Posted January 7th, 2009 by Kathleen Yancey, Barbara Cambridge and Darren Cambridge
- Using electronic portfolios to promote reflective thinking in language teacher education. Educational Studies. First published on 18 January 2011. Authors: Didem Ayana; Goumllge Seferogbrevelua
- The effects of electronic portfolio tools on online students' perceived support and cognitive load. The Internet and Higher Education
- Volume 14, Issue 3, July 2011, Pages 142-149. Craig E. Shepherdlow and Doris U. Bolligera
- 2011 E-Portfolio Forum. AAC&U's 2011 Annual Meeting
- Chronicle Almanac of Higher Ed Stats on Electronic Portfolio Usage
- Making Learning Visible and Meaningful Through Electronic Portfolios. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning. Volume 43, Issue 1, 2011, Pages 6 - 13
- E-Portfolio Assessment in an Online English Language Course. Computer Assisted Language Learning, v23 n5 p413-428 Dec 2010. 16 pp.
- UHM's Online Portfolio to graduate.