Types of ePortfolios

Generally an ePortfolio can be as simple as a website. Much like traditional paper portfolios these are a way to show off a collection of work. Some ePortfolio experts divide ePortfolios into three categories as described on Wikipedia:

Developmental (e.g., working) - a record of things that the owner has done over a period of time, and may be directly tied to learner outcomes or rubrics.

Reflective (e.g., learning) - includes personal reflection on the content and what it means for the owner's development.

Representational (e.g., showcase) - shows the owner's achievements in relation to particular work or developmental goals and is, therefore, selective. When it is used for job application it is sometimes called Career portfolio.

These three main types may be mixed to achieve different learning, personal, or work-related outcomes with the e-portfolio owner usually being the person who determines access levels. (Wikipedia 12/2009)

Academic ePortfolios

ePortfolio California is proposing that the term academic ePortfolios be adopted to represent an ePortfolio that incorporates “Folio Thinking” and that reveals the knowledge and skills attained by a student throughout his or her academic career. It essentially becomes a person’s “eTranscript” that reveals a much more detailed level of what a student actually knows and can accomplish. Some of the challenges that come with the future development and efficacy of Academic ePortfolios as eTranscripts include the establishment of interoperability standards and data-sharing capabilities that would allow today’s typically mobile learners – including the growing segment of online learners across the country with more options than ever – to easily take their ePortfolio with them wherever they happen to enroll and learn.  The ePortfolio essentially becomes an authentic transcript that grows with the student no matter where he or she happens to learn.