Using Portfolios to Assess Student Learning

Helen Bond, Ph.D.

Feb 17, 2010

Video Segments

  1. What is a portfolio?
  2. What is a teaching portfolio?
  3. How can your students design portfolios for assessment?
  4. What are the benefits of electronic portfolios?
  5. How can you and your students create wikis to display your portfolios?


What is an electronic portfolio?  According to Dr. Helen Bond, an Assistant Professor of Education, a portfolio is an “organized and purposeful” collection of information and artifacts, “supported by reflections that document a candidate’s progress.” The portfolio becomes “electronic,” when it is posted online via a website such as a wiki, where students can integrate documents, photos, slide shows, audio, video, and other multimedia.  As a result, Dr. Bond argues, an electronic portfolio can provide both faculty and students with a powerful tool for assessing students’ learning.  To prove her point, Dr. Bond guides viewers through an array of portfolios, including portfolios in the fields of education, art, law, and medicine.  Then she explains how to use standards to develop and assess them.  In addition, she cites resources for mastering the wiki technology she and her students use to build them.