Innovative faculty and institutions are leveraging the power of ePortfolios to transform the college classroom.
[Editor’s note: This story originally ran as a feature in our Oct/Nov. digital publication. Read more features part of this issue here.]
For the most part, ePortfolios are seen as online, digital repositories where college students can house their work for sharing with potential employers and other interested parties. Projects, resumes, artwork and designs, work samples, video clips, awards, honors, and myriad other materials can be neatly organized and presented in a digital fashion, making it easy for employers to access and review the work at their fingertips.
But what happens when you take the original ePortfolio concept and expand its horizons to include other purposes? In “The Changing Landscape of ePortfolios,” The Australasian Journal of Educational Technology examined one Australian university’s integration of ePortfolio tools with learning and teaching outcomes across numerous disciplines and learning contexts. Using tools like Expo Lx, Dreamweaver, and Google Sites, the institution used ePortfolios for showcasing achievements, reflection, and recording practical experience.
Through this experience, the school concluded that ePortfolios are not only useful for showcasing student work and achievements, but also for other functions. “As the ePortfolio technologies and policies continue to mature,” the school stated in its report, “they provide a decisively more university-friendly environment that can support a student-centered learning and teaching approach, as well as formal institutional processes.”
With more institutions of higher ed catching onto the diverse value of ePortfolios, we examine four innovative ways that these schools are leveraging these technology tools in the classroom. Here are their stories: