ePortfolio is a tool in Desire2Learn that simply means Electronic Portfolio. Students, Faculty, and Staff all have their own ePortfolio. This tool is a great way for the users to showcase the work they have done in digital form. The way the presentation is presented is in the form of a standard website. For faculty review, it eliminates the waste of paper and troubles with the mobility and storage of those bulky binders. ePortfolio is much easier to store and submit to the VPAA Office. It can be shared with others across the institution for feedback and even collaborative work.
For students, they are able to save and upload their best works and showcase them for graduation. Students are even able to save their presentation and use it for their future in Grad School or job seeking opportunities.
Users are able to place many forms of media including: documents, images, videos, audio, and text. It is up to them to be creative and make it look nice. There are some limitations in the themes, but the portfolios can look professional.
After doing many training sessions for students, I have seen a lot of good presentations and a few not so good ones. The students seem to enjoy making the presentation after they get adjusted with using the tools. I see using the ePortfolio engages students with using new technology. Students are so used to the standard papers and tests that they could easily not get excited. The presentation can show the students’ skills in a different way than tests and papers, and ePortfolio is something they can be proud of creating themselves. It allows the instructors to have a window looking into the students learning and seeing their progress and achievements. Instructors can see in this window and are able to give feedback on their learning to help them with future work. The students have the opportunity to be creative, think critically, and reflect upon the work they have done.
I think using ePortfolio just for a single class can be a great aspect. The ability for sharing and collaborating work would make it ideal for group presentations. My idea is using it as a final presentation for the whole semester experience. It could be filled with reflections, summaries, and pictures (for art classes and COR 103 classes.)
Some people may not know that ePortfoilio has the capability to make multiple presentations.
If you want to use ePortfolio for a class or are already using it for a major requirement, here is some advice to have more success and have high quality presentations from your students:
◦ Let the students know early on in their career or class about ePorfolio. They will want to make sure they are saving their works to add it later.
◦ Let them know your full expectation with the final result. I have seen some students lost and unaware of what they need to have in their presentation.
◦ Create assignments that will go well in an ePortfolio.
◦ Let them know that the ePortfolio is a professional tool and the text should be used in that manner. I have seen text used identical to a social media site. This would not be good if they were using it for a job search.
◦ Encourage them to be creative when they show their work off.
◦ Show them examples of other presentations to inspire them and see that it can be done.
◦ The last piece of advice is to get them trained. Schedule a demonstration time for ePortfolio. I am free to come to your class to show the students how to use the tools properly.
If you personally want to learn more about ePortfolio or have training, feel free to schedule an appointment or stop by my office.