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Electronic Portfolios

  • Give students a rubric for the content that will be put into the portfolio, so they know what’s expected. A rubric also gives students feedback on what to change if their work does not meet the quality level required to be added to the portfolio.
  • Coordinate choosing a system with your technology coordinator. There may already be a system in place in your department or institution, or there may be very specific requirements for the kind of system they’ll support.
  • If you choose a commercial system, determine whether the university, school, department, or students will be paying for it. Talk to other professors and see if their courses have a need for the portfolio, too, so that the students can get more out of their investment. Let students know if they will need to pay for the system at the beginning of the semester, when they’re allotting funds for textbooks and other school materials.
  • Open the portfolio system on-time, allowing students plenty of time to get their assignment(s) in. If students will be creating their own, give them plenty of time to create the web pages.
  • Demonstrate the process of submitting the assignment to an existing portfolio. If students will be creating their own, be sure they have clear instruction on basic web design.
  • If possible, reserve a computer lab and have the students submit the project with you present so you can solve problems as they come up.
  • Choose a system that’s easy to use. No matter how easy you find it to be, it will be difficult for some students to navigate.