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Using ePortfolios


Eportfolios provide a personal space where students can select, organise and showcase their work. They can be used in a variety of ways to present evidence of learning to a selected audience.

‘An ePortfolio is a purposeful aggregation of digital items – ideas, evidence, reflections, feedback etc which presents; a selected audience with evidence of a persons learning and/or ability; Sutherland, S. and Powell, A. (2007), Cetis SIG mailing list discussions [] 9 July 2007

The primary aim of an ePortfolio may be to present evidence for summative assessment to demonstrate achievement, to record progress or to provide a space for personal development and reflective learning.

Benefits of Using ePortfolios:

Like traditional portfolios, ePortfolios can facilitate reflection and can be used as a means to motivate and engage learners in a learning model appropriate to a digital age.

ePortfolios can be used to;

  1. Develop and present a portfolio of work.

  2. Present a reflective account of learning.

  3. Keep evidence of transferable skills gained.

  4. Support job applications and applications for professional accreditations.

  5. Help with self-assessment of learning performance.

  6. Provide evidence of academic progress.

  7. Prepare a project / assignment for assessment / evaluation.

Hands-on sessions can benefit learners new to ePortfolios and help to assess a learners' ability to work independently.


Tips/Good Practice:

Encourage the personalisation of ePortfolios to motivate and engage learners.

Use scaffolded tasks and templates for ePortfolios to develop learners’ ability to present their content.

Use feedback to help learners to overcome difficulties and develop their reflective capabilities.


Brightspace ePortfolios


Brightspace has its own in-built ePortfolio tool and every student and member of staff has an ePortfolio which sits outside the module structure. Eportfolios can be accessed through My Brightspace on the landing page of Brightspace or via the Tools menu item on any module home page. The Dashboard is the main landing page for Brightspace ePortfolio. On the Dashboard page, you can add new content to your Brightspace ePortfolio, review recent activity on your items and items shared with you. An ePortfolio is an evolving online resource that acts to record, store and archive the artefacts of learning and reflection for an individual learner. An ePortfolio has the potential to demonstrate professional and personal growth. Every student and tutor has an ePortfolio, which is private to them, so items can only be seen by others if you want to share it with them. Tutors can also set up assignments where students can submit items from their of the ePortfolio. For more information on the Brightspace ePortfolios, please see the screencasts on the Brightspace Bytes module and/or the how-to guides on this page: Brightspace How-To Guides


Case studies:

Please follow the links below to find useful case studies.

Effective Practice with ePortfolios


Useful Links to websites or Resources for Brightspace 

Written guides on ePortfolios in Brightspace

Screencasts on ePortfolios on Brightspace Bytes 

JISC ePortfolios: An overview

A generic rubric for evaluating ePortfolios


References to Scholarly Articles:

 Ephraim A. Okoro, Melvin C. Washington, Peter W. Cardon. (2011). EPortfolios in Business Communication Courses as Tools for Employment. Volume: 74 issue: 3 page(s): 347:351.

Tracey Hooker. (2017). Transforming teachers' formative assessment practices through ePortfolios. Volume 67, October 2017, Pages 440-453.

Chi-Cheng Chang (2014) Using e-portfolios to elevate knowledge amassment among university students. Volume 72, March 2014, pages 187-195.

Rosângela Minardi Mitre Cotta, Glauce Dias da Costa, & Mendonça, É. T. (2013). Reflective portfolio: A proposal for teaching and learning geared on competencies. Ciência & Saúde Coletiva, 18(6), 1847.

James Cousins (2016). Student Assessment and the ePortfolio. Volume 28, issue 2.


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