What is an ePortfolio?
"A collection of purposefully organized artifacts that support retrospective and prospective reflection to document, augment, and assess growth over time.
-Helen L. Chen, Stanford University
"A student-owned digital learning venue that promotes authentic learning by allowing students to scaffold evidence of their learning and make connections between their courses, campus involvement, service, internships, jobs & personal interests."
-Nancy Wozniak, Stony Brook University
The most basic definition of an ePortfolio is a digital collection of the owner's work that demonstrates evidence of their professional skills and abilities. In the professional world, ePortfolios are a tool for students to market their unique academic and professional skill set by providing documentation of their experiences as undergraduates both inside and outside the classroom. However, by assessing and reflecting on their experiences in their courses, organizations on and off campus, as well as internships and jobs, students begin to take ownership of their education and professional goals as they design pathways from these experiences.
How are ePortfolios Different at Stony Brook University?
At Stony Brook University, the process of creating an ePortfolio is not only far more important than the finished product, but the process is overwhelmingly student-driven. By voluntarily reflecting upon their experiences as undergraduates, Stony Brook students are intrinsically awarding value to their academics and extracurricular activities. Students are constantly assessing how they are spending their time in and out of the classroom, where they hope those experiences are taking them, and what benefits they are truly receiving in exchange for their time and effort. The process of ePortfolio creation and maintenance demonstrates how students are truly the owners of their own education.
Why faculty use ePortfolios in their Classrooms. View video.
This video was created by Sarah Kardaz, Stony Brook Masters Program in Educational Technology.