Loyola University Chicago

ePortfolio Program

Center for Experiential Learning


ePortfolios: What Will You Build?

An ePortfolio (electronic portfolio) is a digital collection of work over time that showcases your skills, abilities, values, experiences, and competencies through a broad range of evidence-based learning. An ePortfolio may include a variety of artifacts—or relevant documents and media files—that provide a holistic representation of who you are, personally, professionally, and academically. An ePortfolio may function as a venue for collecting and sharing academic work with faculty members, a tool for inviting collaboration and feedback, a professional portfolio to share with prospective employers, or a private log of academic progress.

Types of ePortfolios:

  • Archive/Comprehensive:
    Created primarily for the for the ePortfolio owner’s reference as a way to store work in a central space and organize or reflect on experiences. This can include work from personal, professional, and academic dimensions of one’s life and can serve as a holistic space for reflection and meaning-making in addition to archiving and storage.
  • Course/Learning:
    Created by a student as part of an academic course as a way to store and share assignments for evaluation and receive feedback from an instructor.
  • Assessment:
    Created by a student or program/department to demonstrate competencies and skills gained in well-defined areas over the course of a series of academic requirements. The primary purpose is to evaluate competency as defined by program standards and outcomes.
  • Professional/Showcase:
    Created with the explicit goal of sharing with professional colleagues or prospective employers in the interview or hiring process.

A hybrid of these different types of portfolios is the Integrative Portfolio, which allows a multi-dimensional focus on student learning (curricular and co-curricular), while also allowing for the assessment of learning and later transitions to professional/showcase portfolios. Through working from a course ePortfolio, students evolve to build their ePortfolio across their coursework, their experiences (curricular and co-curricular), and often feature it in capstone experiences.

ePortfolio Artifacts: What to Include

ePortfolios can include any combination of the following "artifacts" or documents and files to demonstrate evidence of learning, skills, abilities, experiences, and accomplishments. Creativity is also invited and encouraged when selecting artifacts: If you have an idea for an artifact that is not displayed below, you can include it as long as it effectively and authentically exhibits what you are trying to convey in your ePortfolio.

Articles to Read

Leveraging the ePortfolio for Integrative Learning

ePortfolios are a highly valuable tool for integrative learning. They can be used to facilitate deep reflection amongst its users and serve as a tool for the comprehension assessment of learning outcomes. In this article, Reynolds and Patton present big-name universities and their successful ePortfolio programs. They also explore the benefit of creating an electronic portfolio versus a hard-copy portfolio.

The Use of ePortfolios in Evaluating the Curriculum and Student Learning

Abstract: "Portfolios can foster the integration of theory, action, self-reflection, and assessment. Electronic portfolios (ePortfolios) extend this concept by acting as a 'content-management system' that facilitates the collecting, considering, sharing, and presenting of learning outcomes with and to others via a digital medium. This article describes the systematic examination of an ePortfolio application under development and illustrates its potential usefulness to not only facilitate and sess individual student learning, but also aid curricular assessment. Our evaluation uncovered organizational, curricular, learning, logistical, and technological issues involved in moving from a linear approach to teaching learning toward an integrated systems approach."

Employer ePortfolio Survey

Abstract: "This report provides a detailed analysis of employers' priorities for the kinds of learning today's college students need to succeed in today's economy. It also reports on changes in educational and assessment practices that employers recommend."