An electronic portfolio, or ePortfolio, is a compilation of student work from a course
or a series of courses, course practicums, internships, and/or volunteer experiences.
Students may include a number of different artifacts to exemplify their talents and
academic and professional growth, such as electronic presentations, audio and video
projects, and research papers. Another component of an ePortfolio is student reflection
in which students comment on both the learning process and the final product. Students
can create ePortfolios with websites such as Google Sites or WordPress or within the
university’s learning management system (LMS).
Possible Instructional Uses:
- Instruct students to add coursework to an ePortfolio and reflect on the learning process
and assignment creation to aid in student reflection and course review
- Instruct students to compile an ePortfolio to showcase career skills in order to share
with future job prospects
- For ePortfolios made within D2L:
- Have students share their artifacts with each other and instruct them to comment on
each other’s work
- Instruct students to evaluate an artifact in a classmate’s ePortfolio with a rubric
- Instruct students to share a presentation of artifacts in their ePortfolio
WCU Supported Tools:
Tips for using ePortfolios:
- If students are utilizing a LMS to create their ePortfolio, recommend that they move
their ePortfolio to another platform before graduating so they have access to their
work in the future (Wuetherick & Dickinson, 2015).
- Continuously integrate the creation and maintenance of an ePortfolio throughout the
semester, so that students don’t see an ePortfolio as additional assignment (Chatham-Carpenter,
Seawel, & Raschig, 2010).
- For those new to technology related to ePortfolios, take the time to learn the technology
before implementing it into your course. By doing so, you’ll be able to address student
concerns and issues with confidence (Josephsen, 2012).
Chatham-Carpenter, A., Seawel, L., & Raschig, J. (2010). Avoiding the pitfalls: current
practices and recommendations for ePortfolios in Higher Education. Journal of Educational
Technology Systems, 38(4), 437-456.
Josephsen, J. (2012). Electronic portfolios for distance learning: a case from a nursing
clinical course. International Journal of ePortfolio, 2(1), 15-27.
Wuetherick, B., & Dickinson, J. (2015). Why ePortfolios? Student perceptions of ePortfolio
use in continuing education learning environments. International Journal of ePortfolio,