Assessing the Future: Eportfolio Trends, Uses, and Options in Higher Education

A brief, nuts and bolts synthesis of the state of ePortfolios in higher ed by two administrators from Johns Hopkins. This article does a great job of categorizing stakeholders, uses, and best practices in the implementation of eportfolios as well as some interesting reasons why not to adopt them on a campus: “The do-nothing decision” is always a viable option (9). The report ends with a list of key questions to ask for anyone considering the adoption of the tool. This is a great source to look at as we consider best practices and potential arguments from the various stakeholders likely to be resistant to our proposal to implement eportfolios on a curricular level which  (I hope I’m not misrepresenting your feelings about this, Scott) seems like the direction our research is pushing us into. Assessing the Future: E-Portfolios


One thought on “Assessing the Future: Eportfolio Trends, Uses, and Options in Higher Education

  1. This was another interesting article/report. To begin with, I like their succinct list on page three about what eportfolios can do: “making competencies and outcome central to the curriculum,” “teaching portable skills,” “blending information literacy, technology fluency, and domain knowledge,” and “treating students as big picture thinkers.” I also hadn’t thought about students loading their eportfolios onto DVDs, but even if they were to create online versions, there may still be some value in having a back-up on a DVD used as storage. However, I’m not as confident as the authors are that students are open to broadcasting their lives, and voluntary, mandatory, and privacy issues need to be accounted for. Most of all, I was struck by one of their “challenges to adoption” which seems particularly relevant to our project, Lindsay: “users may be searching for a meaningful or well-defined problem for which e-portfolios [sic] are the solution.”


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