2011 ePortfolio Showcase
We're collecting and sharing eportfolios as a resource so you can see what other people are doing about not just talking the talk but also walking and walk and working on their own eportoflios.
You'll see a variety of eportfolios below from single-purpose to in-process, to showcase, to course eportfolios. Some people have more than one eportfolio. Thank-you to those who sent links to their eportfolios for sharing. If you are willing to share your eportfolio, please send email to Judy Batson
with a brief note about what kind of eportfolio you're sharing and why you developed one. We will keep adding to this showcase as new examples arrive.
For those of you who have not yet started your eportfolio, we recommend that you visit Out of Practice on Facebook where you will find a group of practitioners who are sharing support and feedback as they compile their own eportfolios. Led by friend-to-AAEEBL, Wende Garrison, Out of Practice features resources and conversation about eportfolio development. If you have wanted to create an eportfolio for professional or personal reasons, this group is a good place to start. -Judy Batson
Faculty and Practitioners
Sarah Burns Feyl -- Pace University -- I have been part of the ePortfolio Team here at Pace University since May, 2003 when we received our first grant to support us in our ePortfolio efforts. Over the years I have been impressed and inspired by our students' ePortfolios, but it wasn't until I attended the Connect to Learning Kickoff Institute in Janaury, 2011 that I realized I really needed to start modeling the ePortfolio behavior for our students, faculty and staff. I started off just copying sections of my Vitae into my ePortfolio, then enhanced it with images, my Twitter feed and a couple of short videos. Now I see my ePortfolio as the place I can keep track of my annual goals, projects and accomplishments in preparation for my performance review, and I see it as something I can share with students, faculty and staff to show them what the system is capable of doing for them. I will admit, I need to do more reflection in my ePortfolio but I think that will come with time!
Ashley Kehoe -- Loyola University Chicago -- As the ePortfolio Program Manager in the Loyola University Chicago Center for Experiential Learning, I created this professional portfolio to actively explore how we can intentionally use technology to reflect, learn, imagine, story-tell, build-capacity and make meaning as part of Loyola's ongoing eportfolio initiative. This is a first draft of my eportfolio, so suggestions, feedback, and insights are welcome and encouraged.
Sarah Morgano -- City University of New York --
Kimberly del Busto Ramirez -- LaGuardia Community College -- See Kim's fabulous reflection about portfolio-building in which she goes back to the days of a black zipper case with handles and also features a most nifty View Master portfolio. Kim said, "Whether it was duct-taped, black vinyl zipped, handstiched, or viewmastered, I spent many hours clipping, pasting, binding, photocopying, recording, and collaging in order to reflect on my work and share it with classmates, professors, and future employers. I really could have used an ePortfolio!"
Multiple ePortfolios -- Helen Barrett -- Electronic portfolios are created for different purposes and audiences. I realized, during my visit to Washington State University, that there are really two parts of most portfolios: the workspace and the showcase. That's what I call the "two faces" of e-portfolios.
My workspace (learning) portfolio is my blog: http://blog.helenbarrett.org/
I have quite a few versions of my showcase portfolio, as part of my research on using different online tools:
http://sites.helenbarrett.net/portfolio/ (my Google Apps portfolio that I have branded with my domain name... this is the version that I continue to update)
http://web.mac.com/hbarrett/iWeb/Portfolio/Welcome.html (my iWeb version, which is my more visually attractive, but I really can't update any more because I no longer have the domain (source) file... a warning about the "dead-end" nature of some tools... and Apple is dropping support for iWeb).
After the Western AAEEBL conference in Salt Lake City, I discovered that Salt Lake Community College was supporting three different tools, so I experimented with Weebly and Yola (in addition to WordPress.com):
I also taught a graduate course this spring, where I was helping professional writers create their own capstone portfolio (covering their graduate program) and a showcase portfolio for seeking future employment. The students had free choice of tools to use, and a lot of them chose Weebly!
I even have a version of my portfolio on my iPad, but it is not interactive. I created it in Powerpoint, converted to Keynote, and uploaded to my iPad. I haven't figured out how to embed videos. Of course, I can view most of my online portfolios on my iPad, but cannot update most of them through Safari. There are good iOS tools for WordPress and I am especially excited about the potential for "capturing the moment" (reflection, artifacts) using mobile devices: https://sites.google.com/site/mportfolios/
Judy Batson -- AAEEBL -- "In contrast to Ray Tolley's and Helen Barrett's interesting, multiple eportfolios, I have but one, and it is not nearly finished. I chose to share it, somewhat daringly, for the very reason that it is in-process with hopes that other people would be emboldened to share their eportfolios that are still in the works. I was inspired by the Out of Practice ePortfolio Group and got up the nerve to cobble together my life-long/life-wide style eportfolio from their session at the AAEEBL conference in Boston this past summer. While I am not entirely thrilled with the results of my work yet -- I need to add more visuals -- I am very happy with the process of working on the eportfolio. It's proved to be a pleasurable activity for self-reflection. I expect it to get more integrative as time goes on."
Jayme Jacobson -- University of Idaho -- "I was reluctant to share my eportfolio on the AAEEBL Showcase since it is more of a showpiece than a long-term learning portfolio and targets a very specific kind of audience. However, I put it together quickly last summer, and even though it was targeted for another type of position, it served me well in securing the interest of the hiring committee for my current position. What I realized in creating this eportfolio was the importance of storing as much as possible in the cloud and keeping it freely accessible. Anything that is stuck on your computer is just that much more work to include."
Wayne Hall -- University of Cincinnati -- "My eportfolio serves as a “learning portfolio” since it’s mostly set up as a resource for my students and in support of my teaching: a permanent online repository for those artifacts that I wanted to use in many of my courses, ones that wouldn’t need to be updated on a quarter-to-quarter basis in our course management system. As it has turned out, though, having this for my students has also served me well in thinking about my own professional development: what really is worth saving and coming back to, how do I articulate key concepts, why might these perspectives and resources be worth keeping “out there”?"
Cynthia Davidson -- Stony Brook University -- "It's a showcase for my own work--an extended CV and teaching philosophy, some personal background, some photos, some of my academic and artistic writing--and also a model for teachers who use ePortfolios with their students in the Writing Program. Before we began using ePortfolios in the Writing Program, one of my former students let me use his exit portfolio as a model. I posted it into Digication, and we started using it as a model. Now about 15 faculty members are using ePortfolios in Digication with their students in the Writing Program. I've now created templates for the faculty based on this format. We're going to be combining Digication with Google Docs next semester, and this portfolio shows them how that can be done."
Ray Tolley -- FEIDCT, NAACE Fellow, ACQI, MBILD; Associate of the eLearning Alliance, MCIEA; ICT Education; Consultant; Maximise ICT Ltd -- "What I am trying to provide is a list of many different types of ePortfolios so that both learners and practitioners might have some material upon which to base discussion:http://www.raytolley.efolioworld.com/
- Does this eportfolio reflect the character of the owner?
- Is the use of language appropriate for the audience?
- Is the balance of rich media appropriate?
- Is the balance of content right for a prospective employer?
- Is the eportfolio well organised and easy to navigate?
- Is reflection used to display the strengths of the learner?
- How is informal or extra-curricular prior/experiential learning documented?
- Does the ‘Life Story’ reinforce the claims of the learner?
- Does the eportfolio display a vision for ‘my future’?
- Are peer-review/feedback/mentoring tools used effectively?"
Allison Miller -- Australian Flexible Learning Framework -- "This learning e-portfolio helps me to manage my own life long-learning and capture information about myself which I consider demonstrates the different skills and capabilities which I have. I also use my e-portfolio to help others understand how to use e-portfolios for teaching and learning through providing useful information (eg about e-portfolios and e-assessment; using RSS etc) as well as providing exemplars about how learners may be able to use their e-portfolio for learning and assessment."
Carol Gladstone -- Mercy College -- "EDUC702 is a seminar taken concurrently with the student teaching assignment. I created this ePortfolio in TaskStream as a showcase folio for teacher candidates getting initial certification to show they meet the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) Standards for what they know and can do. The purpose of the portfolio includes revisiting an educational philosophy the candidates might have formulated at the beginning of the master's degree program. The penultimate project, a reflective piece indicates awareness of the process of going from graduate student to practicing teacher, enhances the final PowerPoint or digital story of that transformation." (NOTE: The password for this eportfolio is stutchr.)
Trent Batson -- AAEEBL -- "I chose WordPress because I am not affiliated with an institution so don't have access to the full apparatus of an institutional eportfolio system. Also, I am not using my eportfolio for course or curricular purposes, but as a personal/professional space. WordPress is free, robust, and serves my own purposes. I also like one particular aspect of WordPress -- it is a blog space that allows replies so I can have conversations with friends and colleagues. Conversations are my most important artifacts. When I Googled myself, I found Web pages about me that I'd forgotten about or that I wished were not still available. Where was the one place that I could keep up to date and which was therefore "the reference Trent"? Now, I am a collection of digital detritus. But, with my eportfolio, I can create my OWN identity."
Krys Roth -- Portland State University -- This ePortfolio began my freshman year at Portland State University as a student portfolio. It has since evolved into my mentoring and professional portfolio. I keep it up-to-date as a way of tracking my academic career and showcasing some of my favorite projects. One of the rewards of this process has been to see that all the work I've done the last five years and how it has led me to the work I do today with peers from eclectic circles.
ePortfolio Showcase -- Students
Jonathan Melgar -- LaGuardia Community College -- "I first started creating my eportfolio in Fall 2010 for an "I first started creating my eportfolio in Fall 2010 for an internship class I had to take for my major. We needed to write about our experiences in the work field and keep a lock of them through the eportfolio. When I first noticed that it was like creating a website I became very interesting since one of my hobbies is graphic design. I started to look for colors and way to make it look more like me (picking photos that identify me) For instance, the banner at the top of my eportfolio. The holding hands symbolizes diversity. I believe that as educators we should be aware of the different kind of ethnic background in our classrooms. The photo next to it, it's a book, this means means I have a passion for literature and at the same time, it represents Education itself. I created my eportfolio through Digication which makes us easier to edit and make it look professional. This eportfolio has helped notice that I've grown as person. Before creating this eportfolio, I didn't actually see all the effort I have put in classes but after keeping track all my assignments I can see a big difference, and it makes me feel satisfied with what I have accomplished."
Jennifer Becker -- University of Cincinnati -- "This portfolio contains documents demonstrating various thoughts, ideas and activities I considered over the Winter 2011 Quarter in Professor Hall’s Advanced Composition Class. This class considered the topic of Academic Master Planning. I attempted to organize these writings around a few themes or ideas. Academic Master Planning is a broad topic, and I have focused on a narrow slice of the pie."