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Issue Brief: Electronic Portfolios - Previous Revision

Michael Day

Northern Illinois University

Sometimes also known as webfolios, electronic portfolios or ePortfolios have the potential to change the landscape of pedagogy, curriculum, and assessment by asking students, faculty, and administrators to create electronic reflections on their learning and practice.  These reflections are then hypertextually linked to archives that contain examples of their work. ePortfolios have all the advantages of traditional portfolios, such as reflective practice, self-evaluation, and authentic assessment, but they  can also be customized to provide different views for different audiences, can include any media that can be displayed on a computer, and can link out to the wider network of information and communication on the Web.

Leading Journals 

Computers and Composition

Computers and Composition Online

Kairos A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy

Relevant Organizations

Inter/National Coalition for Electronic Portfolio Research

Electronic Portfolio Action and Communication

NCTE Assembly on Computers in English

CCCC Committee on Computers in Composition and Communication

Computers and Writing Clearinghouse

Relevant Web Site 

CCCC Position Statement Principles and Practices in Electronic Portfolios

Helen Barrett’s Electronic Portfolio Site

Michael Day's Electronic Portfolios in English Classes

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EPAC Discussions and Chats

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