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Introduction to Portfolios (for students)

 

e-Portfolios

An electronic portfolio, or "e-portfolio," is a webpage that documents your abilities or achievements by displaying a meaningful selection of artifacts, accompanied by a written reflection that explains the significance of the artifacts. These artifacts may include documents, photos, slide shows, audio, video, and other multimedia. You can use virtually, any webpage to create an e-portfolio, whether it is a website, blog, wiki, learning management system, or some other type of web space. Some portfolios are merely webpages while others are integrated with an elaborate assessment system (see Dr. Reginald Miles's e-Portfolio Comparison Chart). Moreover, e-portfolios vary in terms of purpose:  Some e-portfolios showcase achievements for admission, employment, or promotion; others facilitate collaboration and archive the deliberations of a group; others document learning, stimulate reflection, and facilitate assessment of coursework; and still others contribute to the assessment of programs and an institution as a whole. 

Because the purpose of e-portfolios varies so much, in April 2014, Howard University’sTeaching & Learning with Technology (TLT) Committee proposed a set of criteria for selecting e-portfoliosaccording to purpose. In addition, to prevent copyright infringement, the TLT recommended that evaluators give students copyright guidelines and tell them where to find royalty-free media when assigning e-portfolios.  To facilitate program or institutional assessment, the TLT also recommended that evaluators rely on a common scale (e.g., a rubric with 1- 4 pts.) with common benchmarks and choose e-portfolio applications that will allow them to save or extract data in a standard format (e.g., Excel). 

Of the free or HU-licensed e-portfolio applications, CETLA recommends the following:

Google Sites 

User Guide
Help Desk 
Workshop

Sample e-Portfolios
Faculty APT e-Portfolio
Student Career e-Portfolio
Student Course e-Portfolio
Student Program e-Portfolio


PBWorks

User Guide
Help Desk 
Workshop

Sample e-Portfolios
Faculty APT e-Portfolio (Academic Affairs)
Faculty APT e-Portfolio (Health Sciences)


Blackboard


The Redesigned Blackboard e-Portfolio Is Here!

A NEW PORTFOLIO:

Easily import course assignments and personal artifacts to showcase your achievements.


Guided Tour
User Guide
Help Desk 
Workshop

Sample e-Portfolios
Student Course e-Portfolio


E-Value

 
For more information please email Monique Frazier in the Data Analysis Center at Howard University


Assessment

 
Click here to view the rest of Dr. Helen Bond's lecture about using portfolios to facilitate assessment. 

Sample e-Portfolio Rubrics

Sample Assessment Systems
Digication
Taskstream
Blackboard Outcomes
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