Getting started with eportfolios begins with understanding what an eportfolio is, and why you would use one.



What is an eportfolio and why would I use one? An electronic portfolio, or eportfolio, is digital collection of artefacts demonstrating a person’s experiences, achievements and knowledge. As a personal online space, an eportfolio is managed by the learner, employee or member and can be used to storage information which can be used and re-use for different purposes and different audiences.The types of information which may be stored in an eportfolio includes: CVs, examples of work, workplace or third party reports, photos of work outputs, video demonstrations, audio interviews and/or reflective journals etc.This information can also be sourced from a variety of locations such as blog posts, or information stored on Twitter, YouTube or Slideshare. This means that the eportfolio acts as the ‘control tower’ where a person can gather information from across the net.

How are others using eportfolios?There are many purposes for having an eportfolio.  These can be loosely defined within six types of eportfolios, including (IMS Global Learning Consortium, 2005):

  • Learning Eportfolios – used to help a person document and guide learning over time
  • Assessment Eportfolios – used to demonstrate that a person has the skills and competencies to pass an assessment or to gain recognition of prior learning (RPL)
  • Personal Development Eportfolios – used to help a person with personal, educational and/or career development and planning
  • Presentation Eportfolios – used to demonstrate a person’s learning and/or achievement to either get a job or promotion
  • Working/Professional Eportfolios – used to collect workplace evidence for performance management or demonstrate that a person has the evidence to meet professional/industry standards
  • Group – used by a group of people to showcase what has been done for a project or grant funding etc
How can I learn more about eportfolios? Ideally, creating your own eportfolio before introducing them to others will help you understand the full potential of an eportfolio as a learning-centred approach.Use the resources in the EpCop Eportfolio MOOC.  Here you will find a course which has information and activities to help you understand what an eportfolio is while you create you own eportfolio.Viewing other people’s eportfolios also helps you understand the different ways eportfolios can be used.

You can create your own eportfolio for free at Digital Capability – Doing it Smarter – can also bring small groups (< 20) of learners, staff or members to create their own eportfolio to ‘test’ whether this is the right tool for your course, professional development or for meeting your industry or professional standards.‘Digital Capability – Doing it Smarter‘ is an instance of the Mahara eportfolio system.  Mahara User Manuals are available at:

Digital Capability – Doing it Smarter is an online community supporting digital capability development so individuals can work and learn smarter in a digital world.

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