Who’s talking about their use of ePortfolios?

In getting up to speed with the plans and influences on our upcoming use of ePortfolios at UW Oshkosh, I’ve been trying to identify other institutions working with ePortfolios and see what resources they’ve produced about their work. Many of these resources  have been highly influential in the thinking of those who shaped and nurtured the program redesign and going forward I’m grappling with them as I try to reuse resources, avoid pitfalls, and build on their experience.

This is the working collection of examples and links to resources that I’ve got so far. It’s somewhat focused on ePortfolio adoption and on ePortfolios at the general education context/ stage. This is roughly the overview/ annotated bibliography version and I’ll likely be adding other disciplinary resources or discussing some of these in more detail in other posts.


AACU LEAP Toolkit ePortfolio AACU (www.aacu.org/) hold an eportfolio forum at their annual meetings. A number of presenters have slides of their presentations available and abstracts are available for all.

Specific related resources

Chen, Penny Light, & Ittleston 2012 Documenting learning with ePortfolios: a Stakeholders Approach

– One of the challenges that we face is that different stakeholders have very different needs / requirements for the ePortfolio and there’s a tension between types of ePortfolio usage in terms of how instructors and students interact with them. The presentation talks about identifying stakeholders and in that regard it’s useful. However, I wonder if the stakeholder analysis could be developed further if the brainstormed stakeholders where then plotted on two axis degree of interest and influence/power.

In our context of ePortfolio adoption  a stakeholder analysis highlights for example assessment needs, faculty buy-in, and value to the student. The tension between these requirements becomes clearer when we consider why we’re putting the program in place. We have a strong vision for ePortfolio as a critical locus of learning for students and we’re actively promoting this and offering faculty development to support this but our reform is, in part, driven by assessment needs and understandably faculty have this in mind as well.

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Kristin Norris Bob Bringle Bill Plater Fostering Civic Learning within Eportfolios

An interesting review of Civic Learning and discussion of the role of ePortfolios in service/community-based learning and artifacts that could be created.  Some realistic ideas about the time demands of ePortfolios, testing them, and a lighter approach using a form of digital storytelling.

Salt Lake City Community College

SLCC are using ePortfolios as a requirement of their General Education requirements. Students create portfolio entries for each course, upload assignments, reflect and make connections with learning outcomes across the curriculum. This is part their assessment of general education and there are parallels with our efforts at UWO. AACU featured SLCC as part of their LEAP toolkit. It’s interesting seeing how they’ve developed the use of web 2.0 tools for ePortfolios, student ownership of the process,  and the eportfolios’ use in different levels of assessment. The SLCC ePortfolio page has a number of introductory videos.

Example of a draft rubric to assess a gen ed student portfolio as a whole.

San Francisco State University

Evans (2009) ePortfolios: An Assessment and Student Engagement Tool  documentation and a report around San Francisco State University’s move to using ePortfolios. The Youtube playlist of the 2011 AACU meeting includes a series of presentations  around their progress.

Portland State University

Portland State have sets of Resources and guides for students around creating ePortfolios for PSU’s first year experience/ gen ed courses http://www.pdx.edu/unst/eportfolio-frinq-eportfolio-guide and about access to resources to support the creation of ePortfolios.Of particular interest is the range of example ePortfolios using Google sites which they have to showcase the range of approaches to presentation style for eportfolios and some innovative  uses of rich media. It should be noted that these ePortfolios use Google Sites.

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech’s ePortfolio website has a series of example ePortfolios drawn from current or recent student work. Unlike PSU’s selective showcase, this is a wider selection of ePortfolios across a range of disciplines. Also of interest is the assessment matrix which maps a sequence of courses (such as a major) to key learning outcomes and enables a variety of students responses or structured input to populate it with evidence.

It also has a brief bibliography of research and writing around ePortfolios .

La Guardia Community College

The ePortfolios at La Guardia Community College site offers another useful set of examples and also offers a  set of introductory videos showcasing the use of ePortfolios in different subject disciplines. Among the other items featured is a comprehensive FAQ section and an example  of a voluntary release form to display ePortfolio at events/ for at least 2 years


  • University of Washington Bothell has some interesting looking resources for Google sites but the tutorial content is very tied to the platfrom and access to all the examples of work are tied to UW(ashington) NetId :-(.
  • Looking up University of South Florida’s use of ePortfolios, I am both frustrated & impressed that most Google results are student eportfolios & not about their ePortfolio program – though they seem to have multiple programs and at least 3  platforms (Google sites being the one which makes the student ePortfolios show up on page 1!)
  • Saylor are using an ePortfolio as a mechanism for students to gather their work and evidence of their work around the open course content they offer. How this fits into the above models is a different, bigger, discussion.

Ok I’ve not yet talked about AAEEBL‘s resources or JISC’s in part because to do them justice is a different sort of post, in part they’ve so many resources, and in part because they both deal substantively with a) selecting ePortfolio systems and establishing the software and b) eportfolios in the context of PDP and self directed learning . I’ll come back to their resources another time.


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