ePortfolios in Your Course

Integrate ePortfolios in your courses! ePortfolios via Portfolium is available free of charge for all SF State students while studying at SF State and after graduation. 

Educational research shows that portfolios can encourage students to think about their learning in a broader context of career, culture and experience. The ePortfolio development process in your course can help students become more actively involved in planning and achieving their educational and life goals; plus, it can help students engage in the process of learning how to collect, select, reflect, connect, build and publish their academic and co-curricular work throughout their course of study.

Implement ePortfolios Best Practices: Frequently Asked Questions

To increase student motivation, it is recommended you convey the goals of ePortfolios to your students early in the semester. This allows students to have more time to author and revise their entries and reflect on their learning.  Here are some suggestions to help you prepare your students for ePortfolios:

  • Have an "exploration workshop" where students respond to questions. (Thanks to Logan Hennessey from Liberal Studies for these ideas)
    1. What's the purpose of your ePortfolio?
    2. What will eventually be required on your completed portfolio?
    3. After seeing your portfolio, what do you want your viewers to think and know about you?
  • In consultation with your department, determine which "signature" assignment(s) from your course(s) you would like students to upload into their ePortfolios.
  • Share examples of student ePortfolios from your department or from the Gallery page.
  • Discuss the difference between the audience for professional online platforms like Portfolium versus social online platforms like Facebook. This will lead to a good “netiquette.”
  • Motivate students by making your expectations clear and by explaining the value of ePortfolios beyond your class.
  • Explain how students' ePortfolios will be assessed.

San Francisco State has adopted a user-friendly platform.  Students who've activated their account and created their first entry have reported that they need minimal to no further support in developing their ePortfolios.  Share these videos and user guides with your students to get started:

To share these links with your students on your iLearn page, visit this iLearn help guide.

After students have begun authoring their ePortfolios, the assignments become more meaningful when instructors:

  • Guide students on how to write brief descriptions and reflect on the work they are sharing (e.g. design or adapt reflective prompts as an assignment allowing students to think about their work, goals, and progress in more depth).
  • Set milestones for accountability (e.g. clear due dates).
  • Create easy ways for students to share their ePortfolio with you and with classmates (e.g.post URLs in an iLearn gallery or a forum, or connect with each other on Portfolium).