Learner-Centered ePortfolios at SF State
San Francisco State University has been developing resident expertise and organizational capacity to advance efforts on the development of ePortfolios and since 2005. The use of portfolios at SF State campus is not new--paper-based portfolios have been used as a comprehensive assessement strategy in many departments for more than 75 years. Academic Technology now partners with faculty and departments to issue ePortfolio accounts to students, allowing them to create and publish a digital archive of their academic and co-curricular 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 the educational 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.
Students 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:
We've tracked ePortfolio developments across the campus. You can visit the ePortfolio project gallery to see examples of student ePortfolios demonstrating core competencies in different departments.