Why ePortfolios for Student Learning

Eportfolios are a growing trend in higher education to make student learning visible. As students create evidence of their learning, ePortfolios provide a digital space for students to store their authentic work and show it to potential grad schools and employees as evidence of their learning. Eportfolios can be used on the course level or program level to demonstrate student learning and completion of learning outcomes.  Some reasons to use ePortfolios include:

  • Supports High Impact Practice
  • Culture of Evidence of Learning
  • Reflective Pedagogy
  • Make Connections
  • Encourages Intentional Use of Learning Outcomes

What is an ePortfolio?

Student make a collection of their work and save it in a electronic format. The collection serves as evidence of student learning beyond grades and GPA. The following could be included in an ePortfolio:

  • Various files: texts, images, videos, and audio files
  • Writing samples
  • Signature assignments in GE courses
  • Senior thesis
  • Scholarly paper
  • Capstone project
  • Courses taken
  • Extracurricular or co-curricular activities
  • Integration of co-curricula activities with course activities

Getting Started with ePortfolio and Support

The Office of Teaching and Learning is here to help faculty get started with e-portfolios. OTL can help in the following ways:

  • Faculty development workshops
  • Individual consultations for teaching and technical support
  • Tutorials and guides for students

For questions on how to begin using ePortfolios please contact Seth Gurell (seth.gurell@uvu.edu).