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ERIC Number: EJ1107582
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2157-622X
The Bottomless File Box: Electronic Portfolios for Learning and Evaluation Purposes
Jarrott, Shannon; Gambrel, Laura Eubanks
International Journal of ePortfolio, v1 n1 p85-94 2011
Portfolios have been used for the past three decades in higher education for assessment of student competency and also as a reflection tool to assist student learning. Electronic portfolios, or ePortfolios, have additional benefits compared to paper portfolios in that they are easily accessible, portable, and sharable, and they are more environmentally friendly. Although ePortfolios are gaining in popularity, faculty and students sometimes resist adopting new technology. We describe the development, implementation, and evaluation of two ePortfolios, for undergraduate and graduate programs, in a Human Development department. The systems were created in response to a university initiative for integrated assessment of student competencies, the findings of which are reported through a centralized, electronic system. For undergraduates, the ePortfolio was used primarily as an evaluation and reflection tool, whereas graduate students created personal ePortfolio pages to demonstrate learning and professional development. As a result of our experience, we recommend that departments seeking to implement ePorfolios as part of an integrated assessment system start simple, collaborate with technology experts, build upon work completed in other programs, and educate students and faculty about the personal and professional benefits of ePortfolios.
Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Georgia. North Instructional Plaza, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia
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