What is it?

A portfolio or e-portfolio is an assembly of student work during a course or semester. Most intuitions provide online space and tools for students to store and structure their work. Within education having students store their work in a central area provides teachers the opportunity to oversee learning development and improvement overtime.

A student’s portfolio is a catalog of achievements and skills enabling them to demonstrate their experience and abilities. As an assessment tool a portfolio can show abilities beyond grades. Taken further in today’s job market the portfolio can be an essential tool for employers to see ...

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A portfolio or e-portfolio is an assembly of student work during a course or semester. Most intuitions provide online space and tools for students to store and structure their work. Within education having students store their work in a central area provides teachers the opportunity to oversee learning development and improvement overtime.

A student’s portfolio is a catalog of achievements and skills enabling them to demonstrate their experience and abilities. As an assessment tool a portfolio can show abilities beyond grades. Taken further in today’s job market the portfolio can be an essential tool for employers to see firsthand the achievements, experience and relevant skills of potential candidates.

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When to use it?

Context & Requirements

Level
All levels
Discipline
All disciplines
Class size
All class sizes
Classroom settings
No specific classroom setting required
Technological requirements
Dependent on the type of activity

Skills Promoted

  • Self-regulation
  • Knowledge management
  • Self-assessment

Who’s using it?

SALTISE community members who use this strategy and are willing to share advice and/or resources.

Level College
Institution CÉGEP ANDRÉ-LAURENDEAU
Discipline Chemistry - Organic
Instructor Caroline Cormier
Class size 30-40
Classroom setting Access to YouTube
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Why use it?

The benefit of a Portfolio is it can provide a collection of student work over time. This provides the opportunity for students and teachers to better assess progress and demonstrate achievements by containing in progress and finished work. It can be an effect way for students to monitor and appreciate their own progress over the course of their studies. A portfolio used for assessment puts students in the position to reflect and self-evaluate their work.

It is important for teachers to define the purpose of the portfolio to students.  Parameters on what is acceptable work needs to be made clear. If not student contributions to their portfolios will not be the best reflection of their work. Some students may feel uncomfortable sharing work this way.

Ready to try it out?

Helpful resources

References

Babcock, R. L., & Francis, R. W. (2018). Prior Learning Credit Via Portfolio: A Case Study of Central Michigan University’s Prior Learning Assessment ProgramPLA Inside Out: An International Journal on Theory, Research and Practice in Prior Learning Assessment, (6).

Chang, C. C. (2001). A study on the evaluation and effectiveness analysis of web‐based learning portfolio (WBLP)British Journal of Educational Technology32(4), 435-458.

Cevik, A. A., Shaban, S., El Zubeir, M., & Abu-Zidan, F. M. (2018). The role of emergency medicine clerkship e-Portfolio to monitor the learning experience of students in different settings: a prospective cohort studyInternational journal of emergency medicine11(1), 24.

Clarke, J. L., & Boud, D. (2018). Refocusing portfolio assessment: Curating for feedback and portrayalInnovations in Education and Teaching International55(4), 479-486.

Xiao, Y. A. N. G., & Hao, G. A. O. (2018). Teaching Business English Course: Incorporating Portfolio Assessment-based Blended Learning and MOOC. Journal of Literature and Art Studies8(9), 1364-1369.

Zubizarreta, J. (2009).The Learning Portfolio: Reflective Practice for Improving Student Learning. John Wiley & Sons.

Video

An example of an excellent ePortfolio  – Mark Morton, University of Waterloo.

An Introduction to the Learning Portfolio  – McMaster University, MacPherson Institute

ePortfolio Project – Mohawk College, Ontario

How to Create a Free Professional ePortfolio Using Google Sites

Learning Portfolio Showcase  – Helen Chen Stanford University, MacPherson Institute

What is an ePortfolio? – University of Derby

Websites

ePortfolio – University of Calgary, Faculty of Social Work

Learning Portfolio Resources – University of Utah

Learning Portfolios – University of Alberta

Teaching Portfolios – University of Saskatchewan

Why use Learning Portfolios in your Course – Loyola University Chicago

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