An ePortfolio is somewhat like a physical portfolio--it can be used to store stuff--graded work from courses, images of visual artworks, pictures from community involvement, resumes, internship evaluations, etc.--that can then be organized into a presentation of one’s work for the purpose of demonstrating one’s experience--for graduating, for program applications, for the job search, and more.
One major difference from a physical portfolio is that the ePortfolio can store all manner of digital formats--documents, images, audio files, video files--in one place where they can be accessed without the use of other tools. Jargon tip: once an item is stored in an ePortfolio, it’s generally referred to as an artifact.
D2L’s ePortfolio tool gives all D2L users--students and instructors--up to 2GB of storage space. In addition to storing materials, ePortfolio provides two tools--Collections and Presentations--that allow for the selection of stored materials for sharing with instructors, program administrators and potential employers.
The Presentations tool is particularly unique, as it allows for the easy creation of a website. You can write up introductions to any artifacts you share. While there are a number of pre-defined themes, you can customize them to your preferences.
To access your ePortfolio, login to D2L, scroll down and look for the ePortfolio link in the menu on the lower right.
If you're interested in learning more about ePortfolios please consider some of the following opportunities
Associate Vice Chancellor Carleen Vande Zande will be leading a CETL One Session Wonder on "Portfolio Based Assessment: Helping Students Showcase Their Learning" on March 2, 2015. Learn more and register on the CETL One Session Wonders page.
A recording from our "Enhancing Student Learning: Reflection & the ePortfolio Process" workshop series is available online.
We provide drop-In lab sessions for instructors which will run again during the regular semester. Two official drop in sessions were held in October, but unofficial drop-ins are welcome any Monday or Tuesday in the ePortfolio specialist's office on the 2nd floor of Pollock House--just call ahead (x1257) to make sure he's in.
If you would like to set up a discussion or lab session for you (or your department) at another time please feel free to contact me.
For ePortfolio and online learning support, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call x0487.