ePortfolios enhance linkages between professional preparation, academic coursework, and technological applications by supporting students, courses, and project advancement through tutoring, project evaluation, and interdepartmental collaboration.
ePortfolio is a 3-year pilot project, which began in the Arts and Administration Program in the School of Architecture and Allied Arts in 2005. The purpose of ePortfolios is to connect students with professional and academic communities through professional digital portfolios, digital skills development, course project gallery and public archive, and to serve as a communication hub – or virtual bulletin board - to connect students to job and internship opportunities, with alumni and other professional networks, and to foster relationships between the university and professional communities.
During Years One and Two of the pilot project, we implemented systems to support students in the Arts and Administration Program to create and manage their ePortfolios.
We conducted program evaluations during the first and second year to assess program management and project improvement.
During Year Three, we are focusing on the development of a comprehensive three-level website that will allow students and faculty to post and manage eportfolios, to work collaboratively on course-based projects and display products in a public gallery space, and a fully private academic archive of student work.
We are also working to further cross-disciplinary boundaries with our colleagues in the Center for Advanced Technology in Education and School of Journalism to establish discipline-specific standards and systems that connect students with their faculty, with alumnus, and with employers through a seamless integrated ePortfolio community.