For Faculty and Staff

ePortfolios have tremendous potential benefits for students and faculty.  As Chen and Light (2010:3) state:

"E-Portfolios – as both process and product – can promote deep learning and knowledge transfer by fostering student’s ability to make connections between … learning experiences in a variety of classroom, workplace and community settings…. In other words, an integrative approach to student learning encourages students to take responsibility for documenting and demonstrating their own abilities … within a broader learning landscape ...

As “container” of authentic evidence of student work, e-portfolios can serve as a catalyst for conversations among faculty and other stakeholders with departments and programs about common learning outcomes, coherence among courses and professional development. … e-portfolios offer insight into the process by which students learn, rather than just an end product."

Resources

The actual and potential use of ePortfolios is generating a rapidly growing literature and suite of professional conferences; most of the literature is widely available online.  Key publications include: Electronic Portfolios and Student Success: effectiveness, efficiency and learning by Helen Chen and Tracy Penny Light (2010, AAC&U) and E-Portfolios: for Reflection, Learning and Assessment, Special Issue of Peer Review, Winter 2014, 16(1). 

The Connect2Learn website is a “FIPSE-funded project coordinated by LaGuardia Community College (CUNY) that links ePortfolio teams from 24 campuses nationwide into a supportive community of practice. Launched in 2011, C2L focuses on exploring and documenting ePortfolio strategies to advance student, faculty, and institutional learning.”  C2L is a rich repository of ideas, tips, cautionary tales and other documentation of ePortfolio use.

A third key resource is The International Journal of ePortfolios, a peer-reviewed, open-access, web-based journal. “The journal’s focus includes the explanation, interpretation, application, and dissemination of researchers’, practitioners’, and developers’ experiences relevant to ePortfolio.”

Examples

There are two main approaches to creating ePortfolios: Open source platforms that allow users to build their own websites – “a domain of one’s own” – and commercial vendors who sell specialized ePortfolio products.

Open source: Some faculty are attracted to open source solutions. These have the advantage of being free – usually within limits – with considerable latitude for site design.  All current (2016) use of ePortfolios on our campus is via open source platforms. Open source providers include: WordPress, Wix, Weebly and others.

Vendors:  Chico State is currently considering three commercial ePortfolio platforms: Digication, Pathbrite and Portfolium. The CSU Chancellor’s Office has a site license for Portfolium. Chico State faculty and students currently (2016) have 2-year window of free access.  

Current Use of ePortfolios

Click the links below to view ePortfolios currently in use:

Dylan Amos:  Computer Animation and Game Development

Christina Carmichael:  Child Development

Carlos Cuellar:  College of Business, Human Resources

Maia Crawley:  BADM/BSIS U-course

Sydney Dawson:  Digital Modeling

Amanda Geahry:  Biological Science

Nino Gonzalez:  Nutrition and Food Science

Pritesh Jagani:  Computer Science

Alicia Jones:  Communication Design

Kelley Lee:  English 130

Colton Levar:  Health Administration

Greta Macey:  Nutrition and Food Science

Alexxa McComb:  Health Education

Tiana McFarland:  MS Credential Candidate

Sara Murphy:  English 130 EOP Mentor

Cristal Pena-Mendoza:  College of Business

Michaela Schocket:  Health Education

Katie McLaughlin Wolff:  Health Administration

Maifeng Yang:  Didactic Program in Dietetics