If you're an undergraduate student, chances are good that you'll be asked to prepare at least one ePortfolio during your time at IUPUI. The electronic Personal Development Plan (ePDP) you create in your first-year seminar is designed to be used throughout your undergraduate experience—goals and planning, academic materials, community connections, and evolving resume—so be sure to take advantage of it.
Electronic portfolios fill many purposes, but a shorthand definition might be that an ePortfolio is a personal learning website. It's a space where you can:
- Post reflections about what you're learning
- Keep your educational and career goals in front of you as you monitor your learning progress
- Pull together what you learn in a classroom or online course, from study abroad or service learning, from undergraduate research or internship, from employment or volunteer work, or from student organization leadership to see patterns, make connections, and articulate (for yourself and others) what your college learning experiences add up to
- Share what you're learning with friends and family
- Keep information at hand to help your advisor provide informed guidance or help a professor write a letter of recommendation
- Create a showcase that demonstrates what you've learned to graduate school admissions committees or prospective employers
Some professors use ePortfolios as an organizing platform for assignments, reflection, and feedback within a single course. For example, a writing class might have you create a portfolio record of revisions or different types of writing. Some IUPUI undergraduate research programs use ePortfolios to help you keep track of your lab work and organize research results. Some degree programs will ask you to start an ePortfolio early in the major and complete it in your senior capstone; others will introduce an ePortfolio capstone to encourage you to demonstrate and reflect on what you've learned.