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What is an ePortfolio?

"An e-portfolio is a purposeful aggregation of digital items - ideas, evidence, reflections, feedback etc. which 'presents' a selected audience with evidence of a person's learning and/or ability" JISC, 2012, para.5 image). More info... JISC: eportfolios - An overview.

Why use an ePortfolio?

"In today’s digital age, a resume and cover letter don’t stand out for job applicants in nearly every profession — and that includes education. Creating an outstanding teacher ePortfolio is one of the best ways to show, not tell, how great a teacher you are" (Childs, 2011).

Some of the pedagogical values and potential benefits of ePortfolio's include: student self-regulation, metacognitive self-regulation, physical and social environment management, time management, effort regulation and alternative or authentic assessment (EduTech Wiki, 2011).

Tolley (2008. pp. 4-6) suggested 10 prime directives for any ePortfolio: that it is portable, personal, generic, web 2.0, not institutional-based, light, lifelong, life-wide, accessible, and credible.


Dr. Helen Barrett is a leading researcher in the field of ePortfolios: electronicportfolios.org and ePortfolios for learningShe has created her own e-portfolio using a range of different technologies:

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Important Note: Check that your preferred tool has the features you want for your ePortfolio and the capacity to store and manage large files and a variety of different evidence formats. Most FREE website tools have limited storage capacity for images and videos. One way to overcome this limitation is to upload your evidence to an online file sharing site (e.g. Google Drive, Dropbox, OneNote, YouTube, Flickr, etc.) and then simply link your evidence to your ePortfolio. Also, check the privacy settings. Can you "hide pages" so that old evidence can be hidden? Or can you password protect some pages so that only appropriate people can see them (e.g. your reflections about schools or activities that contain personal or sensitive information).

ePortfolio Templates

ePortfolio Examples

Teaching ideas & resources