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Step One

Decide on how you want students to use the eportfolio in your course; see ideas here.  All student eportfolios should have a minimum of a Welcome/About me page, Goals page and Courses page. Students should develop course specific requirements linked to the courses page or on additional pages (e.g. outside the class, achievements, and so on.)

Step Two

Identify assignments or activities that would make good portfolio artifacts that currently exist in your course and support your current learning goals and/or identify assignments you might want to extend or adapt to be good portfolio assignments. (A good portfolio artifact includes integrative learning characteristics,  opportunities for reflection, and demonstrates mastery of course goals and content.)

Step Three

Extend existing learning opportunities with opportunities for reflection regularly through the semester, so that student can practice reflection

Step Four

Decide on how you want students to get feedback on their porftolios- the portfolios will be better and more beneficial to the students if they have an authentic audience.  There are lots of creative ways to incorporate review, some general options include:

  •  Instructor feedback only
  • Peer review and discussion
  •  Peer review and discussion and instructor feedback
  •  External review (potential employer, community member, tutor, etc.)

Step Five

Look at your course calendar and stagger assignments and due dates for elements of the portfolio throughout the semester so that it is an ongoing assignment. In order to make the portfolio more meaningful, have students do parts of the portfolio throughout the semester, rather than waiting until the  end of the course.

Step Six

Review the student handouts, and  example prompts. Use and adapt as needed. (Please handout the student eportfolio information sheet.)

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