By Rhonda Gregory, Director of Distributed Educationcartoon representation of ePortfolio showing functions

Portfolios for Everyone!

New this year, Vol State students and employees each have access to an electronic portfolio tool (ePortfolio) within eLearn! With ePortfolio, students can show course content, assessments, links, media, and more to their peers and instructors for comment. As users add to their ePortfolio, they can create web-based presentations or export content to demonstrate their accomplishments.

Why ePortfolio?

Early this fall, we welcomed Dr. Amanda Hyberger from Chattanooga State Community College to our campus to talk about the ways electronic portfolios are being used at her institution. What started out as a Q.E.P. has grown into a successful and engaging campus-wide program.

For students, ePortfolios provide a creative avenue to organize, reflect and share their academic and extra-curricular activities. The online platform gives them access to an audience beyond their classroom. Faculty members can create and share templates for students to organize and present an entire course in, or just pick a key assignment that bears special meaning. Dr. Hyberger calls these “signature assignments.” Faculty can even use the ePortfolio tool to create an electronic tenure/promotion package, as many are doing at Chat State. Institutionally, we also can evaluate student portfolios for evidence of meeting outcomes.

A Student’s Perspective

Kelsey Callahan, a graphic design student at Chat State, came along with Dr. Hyberger to share about her experience creating her own ePortfolio. If you only pick one video on this blog to watch, this is the one I’d recommend!

Want to learn more?

Distributed Education will provide a special ePortfolio introductory session at the January 2017 Professional Development day for those who are interested. Look for more information and training sessions to be available throughout the coming months on our Training & Development page.