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“E-portfolios are decidedly not the hottest thing in higher education. They just don’t fit the profile for a sexy ed-tech trend. For example, their success does not threaten to disrupt the entire business model of higher education. In fact, when thoughtfully employed, e-portfolios can be a mechanism for greater institutional coherence. Another serious impediment to e-portfolio’s status as an ed-tech trend is that they don’t fit into a neat ed-tech category. The technology of e-portfolios, though enabling or inhibiting, is not the crux of the “it” that makes e-portfolios effective. E-portfolios are at heart a set of pedagogies and practices that link learners to learning, curriculum to the cocurriculum, and courses and programs to institutional outcomes.”  Thus, ePortfolios are “the agents of integration”, helping students to create a context for their “increasingly granular learning experiences” and allow institutions “to get an unmatched, holistic view into the impact of their curricular and institutional designs”.

Randy Bass, The Next Whole Thing in Higher Education, 2014, Peer Review (Winter 2014 Vol.16 No.1)

Electronic Portfolios (ePortfolios) are the new gold standard of assessment in learning and teaching and the Center for Learning and Teaching’s Instructional Design Services (IDS) can help you to implement them in your course and curriculum design. ePortfolios usually take the form of a website and contain artifacts of student learning in addition to reflective statements that put those artifacts in context with a progression of development, both for academic and professional development use. ePortfolios also help to promote lifelong learning and reflection.

ePortfolios are more of a process of shaping learning, rather than a technological tool. That said, Binghamton University supports the use of Digication as a tool for developing ePortfolios and provides many features for assessing learning, promoting peer interaction and feedback, as well as maintaining course and learner privacy. Contact IDS for more information.

Last Updated: 3/1/17