The choice of what to include in an ePortfolio depends on the type.  Remember that an ePortfolio can be a powerful catalyst for integrative learning and holistic development as well as a tool for self-branding and professional development. ePortfolios can:

  • Encourage engagement in active reflection and meaning-making
  • Foster reflection on the principles central to an academic discipline and the university as a whole
  • Facilitate the integration of topics and themes across disciplines and over time 
  • Provide a forum to synthesize work and share that work with others
  • Contribute to holistic development in multiple ways, including: personal development, academic development, and career development
  • Provide a resource for demonstrating skills, abilities, and experiences in the job-search process

Once you have determined the type and purpose, you can then select the elements or “artifacts” you will  use.  Examples include:

  • Writing samples (research papers, essays, quizzes, reflections, journals)
  • Photos/slideshows
  • Videos
  • Research projects
  • Blogs
  • Web links
  • Observations by others
  • Resumes
  • Roadmaps, transcripts, DARS reports, and other advising materials
  • Letters of recommendation