An electronic portfolio is a digital collection of work over time that showcases your skills, abilities, values, experiences, and competencies. An ePortfolio may include a variety of artifacts - or relevant documents and media files - that provide a holistic representation of who you are, personally, professionally, and academically. An ePortfolio can be used to collect and share academic work with faculty members, as a tool for inviting collaboration and feedback, a professional portfolio to share with prospective employers, or as a private log of academic progress.
||Professional/Showcase: Created with the explicit goal of sharing with
professional colleagues or prospective employers in the interview or
||Course/Learning: Created by a student as part of an academic course as a
way to store and share assignments for evaluation and receive feedback
from an instructor.
||Assessment: Created by a student or program/department to demonstrate
competencies and skills gained in well-defined areas over the course of a
series of academic requirements. The primary purpose is to evaluate
competency as defined by program standards and outcomes.
||Archive/Comprehensive: Created primarily for the for the ePortfolio
owner’s reference as a way to store work in a central space and organize
or reflect on experiences. This can include work from personal,
professional, and academic dimensions of one’s life and can serve as a
holistic space for reflection and meaning-making in addition to
archiving and storage.
||A hybrid of these different types of portfolios is the Integrative
Portfolio, which allows a multi-dimensional focus on student learning
(curricular and co-curricular), while also allowing for the assessment
of learning and later transitions to professional/showcase portfolios.
You can include any combination of the following "artifacts" or documents and files to demonstrate evidence of learning, skills, abilities, experiences, and accomplishments. Creativity is also invited and encouraged when selecting artifacts: If you have an idea for an artifact that is not displayed below, you can include it as long as it effectively and authentically exhibits what you are trying to convey in your ePortfolio.
Before creating an ePortfolio, it is crucial to ask
questions about the purpose and audience for the ePortfolio to establish a
type. This will give you guidelines on what to include and what to think about
in the creative process.
Adapted with permission from the Loyola Chicago ePortfolio