About ePortfolios @ SF State
What is the ePortfolio Project?
San Francisco State University has been developing resident expertise and organizational capacity to advance efforts on the development, use, and sustainability of ePortfolios and related support services since 2005. However, the use of portfolios on our campus is not new--portfolios have been used as a comprehensive assessement strategy in many departments for more than 60 years. Academic Technology is now partnering with faculty and departments to address a current and emerging need for students to have an environment in which they can collect, select, reflect upon, build, and publish a digital archive of their academic work.
The use of ePortfolios to showcase and meaningfully assess student, instructor, and university achievement is the embodiment of new learner-centered teaching methodologies that put the student, and theeducational products they produce, at the center of instruction and assessment. ePortfolios provide users with the digital tools to demonstrate their life-long learning, skills, and development over time to selected audiences. When creating an ePortfolio, the student, rather than the instructor, is the producer of the educational content, which is represented in various forms of digital media, including webpages, photos, video, sound, and graphics.
These ePortfolios can serve multiple purposes within the SF State academic setting. Students can use them to showcase achievements and/or receive feedback and assessment from faculty, peers, potential employers or graduate programs. Departments and the University are increasingly using ePortfolios to collect student work and assessment data for accreditation purposes or recruitment of future students. With ePortfolios becoming more commonplace in the K-12 and Community College systems, we also are avocating for more connections with feeder institutions in California to assist with student transfer to SF State.
To support the ePortfolio Initiative:
- In 2006, SF State launched this ePortfolio.sfsu.edu as a "clearinghouse" website to consolidate information about ePortfolio developments across the campus. Please visit the ePortfolio galleries with examples of student ePortfolios demonstrating core competencies in different departments.
- In the About ePortfolios section you will also find additional links to our regional and national projects, research, publications, media and presentations.
- For more information about ePortfolios at SF State, please contact Project Leads by email: Angie Portacio email@example.com or Ruth Cox firstname.lastname@example.org