ePortfolio Overview

Electronic portfolio development is a journey.  It is a dynamic activity that is learning-centered and supports life-long learning.  The ePortfolio can be defined as the telling of your story, your narrative. This will be documented by using digital evidence (commonly referred to as artifacts). 

                                                                   E-portfolios for Starters (3:04)

The ePortfolio is the process of creating and developing an electronic presentation of your work.
Watch the the video (3:04 minutes)about how you can organize your work in an ePorfolio.

Activities of Portfolio Creation

The mantra is “collect, select, reflect, connect.” (ePortfolio Portal, 2004)
  1. Collecting items (artifacts, digital evidence) for the portfolio.
  2. Selecting items that demonstrate competencies and achievements.
  3. Reflecting on the items selected to demonstrate learning derived from the experiences.
  4. Connecting various aspects of life; meaningful connections between personal, learning, work, and community experience.


Words of Wisdom

"The overarching purpose of portfolios is to create a sense of personal ownership over one's accomplishments, because ownership engenders feelings of pride, responsibility, and dedication." (p. 10) Paris & Ayres (1994)


McGrath, S., Molder, M., Quon, P., Trapnell, T., & Wilton, D. (2004). Preparing an ePortfolio. Retrieved from http://www.danwilton.com/eportfolios/preparing.php.
Paris, S. G., & Ayres, L. R. (1994). Becoming reflective students and teachers: With portfolios and authentic assessment. Psychology in the classroom. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

University of Cumbria (Poster). e-portfolios for starters [Video]. (2008, November 7). Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6B3tujXlbdk