What is an ePortfolio?
“An e-portfolio is a purposeful aggregation of digital items – ideas, evidence, reflections, feedback etc, which “presents” a selected audience with evidence of a person’s learning and/or ability.” (Sutherland and Powell, 2007)
ePortfolios provide a means of learning accountability and a way to drive internal improvement, but it doesn’t stop there. Using the ePortfolio tool within Desire2Learn (D2L) students throughout UW System can also showcase their academic accomplishments, goals and experiences to graduate schools, award committees, and future employers. They do this through a purposeful aggregation of digital artifacts that tell the story of their learning journey.
Students can build and utilize ePortfolio in a number of ways, including:
- Designing and tracking their personal learning and growth throughout their college career.
- Receiving feedback and comments on the work they store in ePortfolio.
- Including letters of recommendation that they can share with future employers or graduate schools.
“My goal when working with students is to help them develop effective communications skills that are in sync with the ways people are using technology in the real world,” said Phillip Kim, Assistant Professor in the School of Business. “Whether they’re developing an ePortfolio, a website, or a blog, I see a real need for them to be able to showcase their accomplishments and aspirations in ways that are tech savvy and persuasive.”
At graduation, students can push all Learn@UW ePortfolio content to a cloud-hosted environment, called myDesire2Learn, to provide access post-graduation.
To export your ePortfolio to myDesire2Learn, log on to Learn@UW and follow the instructions in the “Post-Graduation ePortfolio Export” widget on the homepage.
The ePortfolio tool infrastructure is supported by the Learn@UW for UW System service, which delivers and supports the Learn@UW Learning Management System for all twenty-six campuses. See an example here.
Help documents are available for students who need assistance using the ePortfolio tool. Faculty who want their students to use the ePortfolio tool in a course can get started by contacting Academic Technology (firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-5667).