e-Portfolio Overview - Welcome


As children, we often brought home examples of our work to go over them with our parents often explaining with enthusiasm the details of our assignment, what we did correctly/incorrectly and how we could improve. In effect, we collected, summarized, reviewed and evaluated the work creating a primitive type of portfolio. (Hewett, p. 26) An electronic portfolio uses these same concepts (collect, summarize, review and evaluate) but in a more sophisticated manner.

What is an e-Portfolio?

"The word portfolio comes from the Latin words, portare meaning to carry and folglio meaning sheet of paper." (Hewett, p.26) In its most simplistic form, an e-Portfolio is an electronic collection of materials that provide evidence of learning over time and it is generally saved on the Web." (Butler, p. 2, 10) E-portfolios can also be defined as, "personalized, Web-based collections of work, responses to work, and reflections that are used to demonstrate key skills and accomplishments for a variety of contexts and time periods." (Lorenzo & Ittelson, p. 2)

Benefits of e-Portfolios

So you're wondering, "How does creating an e-Portfolio help me? Lorenzo and Ittelson point out that,
"[t]he benefits of an e-portfolio typically derive from the exchange of ideas and feedback between the author and those who view and interact with the e-portfolio. In addition, the author's personal reflection on the work inside the e-portfolio helps create a meaningful learning experience." (p. 2)

Portfolios help to:

  1. Focus your thinking,
  2. Document your progress over time,
  3. Enhance your communication and organizational skills,
  4. Help you identify and recognize prior learning and connect that with current coursework, (Butler, p. 3)
  5. Develop multimedia technology skills, (Barrett, pgs. 2 – 3)
  6. Provides a medium for reflection and self-assessment,
  7. Link classroom learning to experience, (Building Your Basic ePortfolio, 2004)
Other Benefits include:
  1. "Information provided is not limited by space constraints
  2. Personality can be portrayed through content, graphics, and color
  3. Visual images are often easy to remember (Many employers might not
    remember a name but they will remember a face)
  4. Work experience and sample projects can be uploaded and viewed, not
    just described
  5. Computer skills can be demonstrated and not merely mentioned." (Smith-Johnson & Scarpero, p. 1)

Who Can Create an e-Portfolio?

Shippensburg University provides every SU student with the resources necessary to create an e-Portfolio including up to 1 GB of online storage space which is accessible by any computer.

Let's Get Started creating your e-Portfolio!

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