In this video, you learn about the distinctions between ePortfolios and traditional paper-based portfolios.
- An ePortfolio is an electronic version of a traditional paper-based portfolio, a method which has been used in teaching and assessment for decades. Like a traditional student portfolio, an ePortfolio is designed to showcase the student's best work and allows students to reflect upon that work or demonstrate specific learning outcomes or goals. Unlike traditional portfolios, though, they also have several other defining features. First, ePortfolios usually have virtual hosting, whether on a school's internal servers or on a cloud-based storage system managed by the platform itself.
This virtual hosting provides easier distribution through shared links and portfolios are often accessed through a searchable database behind the password wall of a school or institution, giving these ePortfolios a much wider range of potential viewers than a paper-based portfolio would enjoy. ePortfolios also frequently feature integrated media more than paper-based portfolios traditionally do. Because they exist on a network, ePortfolios can incorporate images, music, movie clips or other multimedia material.
Since students can also adjust banners, background color, font, and other design elements, this greatly deepens the design and presentation options in ePortfolios. In fact, learning how to incorporate such design choices strategically is one of the main challenges students face when developing an ePortfolio. Additionally, ePortfolios are often designed to take advantage of their web-based context through embedded links. Students can link their ePortfolio text to external websites and also link to other pages within the ePortfolio itself, so that users can explore the ePortfolio at their own pace.
This also creates user-directed organization. This is quite different from paper-based portfolios, which are usually just explored cover to cover. Therefore, students frequently have to give great thought to how their ePortfolio will be organized and how they'll take readers through that organization. In short, ePortfolios can do everything a traditional paper-based portfolio can do, but also provide your students with a wide new range of opportunities to explore.
- What are ePortfolios?
- Navigating the interface
- Adding and customizing slides
- Creating a Digication ePortfolio
- Adding text-based and multimedia content
- Adding new pages
- Making your ePortfolio available
- Digication for teachers
- Creating an assignment
- Presenting ePortfolios to students