An ePortfolio (short for electronic portfolio, also called digital portfolio) is the virtual version of a physical portfolio: a collection of documents assembled for a specific purpose.
In higher education, ePortfolios are used by both students (as part of course or degree requirements) and faculty (to assemble research or teaching materials). ePortfolios can also be flexible resources in institutional assessment of student learning.
A student ePortfolio might contain information about progress through an academic degree alongside samples of work (writing samples, summaries of projects, and reflections on progress) and discussion of future objectives. Such documents are assembled and organized inside a web-based interface that might incorporate a variety of file types including text, images, and sound.
ePortfolios at Queens
In collaboration with faculty from GSLIS and SEYS, the Center for Teaching and Learning is involved in a project that aims to bring a flexible ePortfolio platform to the College.
The project has involved a team of QC faculty who participated in a seminar, Making Connections, at LaGuardia Community College.
In spring 2009, the ePortfolio Platform Evaluation Committee chose the platform Epsilen for this College-wide initiative; the group evaluated over a half dozen different platforms. Since fall 2009, faculty and students have been working with Epsilen ePortfolios for a variety of curricular purposes.
Click here for FAQs and a getting-started tutorial for Epsilen ePortfolios at Queens
To get an Epsilen ePortfolio account, create one at http://www.epsilen.com using your Queens College email address. (Faculty or students without a QC email address may sign up to get one here.)