Principles of Good Practice in Using Electronic Portfolios

Karen Spear (2004)

A Synthesis of the ideas from the CIEL meeting held at Alverno College.

The e-portfolio provides students with opportunities for ongoing self-reflection and assessment, metacognitive awareness of learning, setting goals, autonomous learning, and technological, rhetorical, and critical literacies.

For faculty, the e-portfolio creates a model of teaching and learning based in collaboration and long-term development. Students’ ways of thinking and learning challenges become visible through the data represented in students’ self-reflections. The electronic portfolio provides a tool for greater coherence in designing academic programs.