Wednesday, December 3, 2014

What is an ePortfolio?

According to Google an ePortfolio is a collection of evidence that shows a learning journey over time. ePortfolio's are still in their infancy and there are many different people and institutions using the word in many different and unique ways. Universities such as Harvard, Clemson and Cornell are using ePortfolio's in a variety of new and exciting ways.

Here's a basic snapshot of the three main components:

1. It's LinkedIn learning blocks for college students. Just as LinkedIn allows job seekers to showcase high quality presentations an ePortfolio is a place where students can store presentations.

2. It's proof of learning outcomes for potential employers, Today's employers expect college graduates to be digital natives and to be able to showcase that knowledge.

3. Its a digital filing cabinet where work can be stored.

4. A shared learning space where reflective and active learning can take place.

Using an ePortfolio allows for modularization and blended learning environments to be safely integrated into the academic learning environment while maintaining quality. With a greater emphasis on outcomes and flexibility at the same time using an eportoflio system allows colleges the freedom to show accreditors how the learning outcomes are being met while still having the flexibility to find new and creative ways to guide students through the learning process.

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