An ePortfolio is an online collection of artifacts that provides direct evidence of an individual’s learning, mastery, or accomplishments. The emphasis, broadly speaking, is on the learner collecting, presenting and explaining content in the context of a larger learning goal.
Portfolio-based learning is an emerging pedagogical approach that integrates experiential learning, mastery- or competency-based learning and assessment, and reflection through artifact curation.
The tools listed below can be accessed with an Internet connection.
First, decide on the primary use of an ePortfolio. Should it be primarily student-centered, or is it in order for an instructor to evaluate a student’s learning throughout a course?
|Personal showcase||Students assemble materials and evidence to support their preparation for and interest in a professional area, as well as to showcase co-curricular interests, special skills, and personality-related artifacts.||Self-assessment & student-centered; External evaluation according to a rubric|
|Project/Course Outcomes||Students are required to curate a record of pertinent activities and completed stages associated with a particular project, such as a senior thesis or capstone activity, or provide evidence that supports successful completion of a course. This use occurs at the course level.||External evaluation according to a rubric|
|Degree/ Certification||Students amass evidence across courses and formal learning environments to demonstrate their suitability for degree candidacy or certification. This use occurs at the programmatic or departmental level and usually happens over the course of a degree. Generally, the contents for degree or certification are highly structured and prescribed.||External evaluation according to an accreditation-based rubric and in comparison with other representative samples.|
|Google Sites (free with gmail account): Easy, very portable, with robust permission options. Could manually map contents to course or program goals. Part of NYU’s Google Apps suite. Has a limited amount of templates and low level of customization. [Personal showcase; Project / course outcomes]||Taskstream (now supported by NYU; contact us for more information): provides an integrated system for automated mapping individual ePortfolios to course, program and institutional learning outcomes. Limited customization. Time commitment to create assessment rubrics. [Project / course outcomes; Degree/ certification]
WordPress (free through NYU Web Publishing): WordPress offers a high level of customization with attractive templates and useful plugins. Part of the NYU Web publishing service (training offered). Has a slightly higher learning curve for set up and maintenance. Could manually map contents to course or program goals. [Personal showcase; Project / course outcomes]