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Why ePortfolios?

 

Portfolios, electronic or paper, are spaces where one can collect artifacts and curate work. An ePortfolio allows for a digitalized collection of artifacts geared towards a certain purpose and a particular audience. For example, a Professional ePortfolio that includes resume information and shows projects; a course ePortfolio that includes course work, reflection or observations on process and progress, and peer reviews/feedback; a research ePortfolio that showcases inquiry, research, and discovery; and much more.

 

Artifacts, or items/data included in the ePortfolio, can include a variety of mediums, such as text-based works, graphics, audio tracks, and/or multimedia elements, that are either uploaded to the ePortfolio, hosted on an outside Website like YouTube, or hyperlinked.

 

ePortfolios can be more than a collection of artifacts though. It can also serve as a classroom, a space to collect thoughts and brainstorm, a collaborative space for group projects, and more.

 

While there might be some guidelines surrounding a course ePortfolio, an ePortfolio is driven by the creator, and can allow students to take ownership of the learning process. Folio-thinking (Chen and Mazow, 2002; Chen Cannon, Gabrio, and Leifer, 2005; Chen, 2009) encourages students to connect all aspects of learning including the process, rather than just the final product. In addition, folio-thinking tries to connect learning that happens both within and outside of the classroom. Students select the best work to include, make the final decisions about how to showcase or curate that work, and reflect or observe what they did and how they did it. In other words, students focus on what they know, how they know it, how to apply it and where it fits in the world.

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Benefits of Having an ePortfolio

 

  1. It is a living resume that easily showcases your work and is quickly modifiable for multiple audiences.
  2. It allows you to curate your work, highlighting the BEST of you.
  3. It demonstrates your skills and experience beyond the paper resume, including the softskills employers look for.
  4. It gives you an edge when seeking employment or applying for graduate school by building a professional online presence.
  5. It is a way to organize and share your best work.
  6. It increases rates of information transferability between courses, and between lived experiences and course experiences.
  7. It encourages reflection on process, not just finished products. Documenting the work and process, builds deep critical thinking skills.
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What's the difference between Blackboard and Digication?

 

Blackboard is a Learning Management System (LMS) that supports classroom learning by allowing instructors to organize course content, providing spaces for communication between instructors and students as well as between classmates, and securing record keeping services for student work and instructor evaluation.

 

Digication is an ePortfolio software that allows users to present their work to various audiences. For example, students, faculty, and staff can make their ePortfolios Public granting those on the Internet viewing access and in the process building a strong online professional presence; students can share their ePortfolios to a smaller group for assessment purposes, either for course assignment, course learning objectives, program outcomes, or accreditation; faculty can use them for Promotion and Tenure and can share their ePortoflios with their review committee.

 

In the simplest breakdown, an LMS is a place where learning content is housed and delivered and an ePortfolio is where students demonstrate their learning and showcase their work.

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