IUPUI was an early experimenter with electronic portfolios, and our capabilities have grown along with the emerging field of practice. Now more than half of colleges and universities in the United States have adopted ePortfolios to serve one or more of a range of purposes. An ePortfolio offers a highly flexible alternative to paper, with greater portability and the capacity to include many media formats in an online composition that moves beyond a simple collection of work.
- Shaping their own stories of learning and development helps students gain a deeper perspective that enables them to make connections among learning experiences and to manage their emerging digital identities.
- Advisors and career counselors have access to a multifaceted portrait of their students' accomplishments, goals, and needs.
- Students gain practice in presenting their interests and achievements to prospective employers or graduate schools.
- Faculty and other evaluators can work with ePortfolios to assess and to report on the work of an individual student, a class, a co-curricular project, or larger groups of students across a department, school, or campus.
- ePortfolios lend themselves to the kind of engaged teaching, learning, and sustained reflection that makes some instructional practices high impact.