Steps to Creating an ePortfolio

(modified from Elements of a Professional Academic ePortfolio, Bauer, 2010)

1)    Collect and save documents that represent your activities, accomplishments and best work in your area. Sometimes these are called “artifacts”.

reflective process

2)    Reflect and think about your growth as a teacher as you look over documents.
3)    Select from the collected documents those that are representative of your work as a teacher scholar in your field and that demonstrate competencies such as effective teaching, creativity, collaboration, research, presentation, publication, mentoring, scholarly teaching, etc. Create a reflection on each document that incorporates these components: (based on Gibbs Reflective Cycle, 1988)

  • DESCRIBE: What happened to create that activity, teach that class, design that lesson?
  • FEEL: What were you thinking or feeling as you were creating, teaching or designing?
  • EVALUATE: What was good and bad about that activity, class or lesson?
  • ANALYZE: What else can you make of the situation? Why did it go well or not so well? Do you think students were experiencing the same thing? What kind of feedback do you have about this activity, class or lesson?
  • CONCLUDE: What conclusions can you draw? What specific (personal) conclusions do you have?
  • PLAN: What will you do the next time? What will you do differently, the same?

4)    Connect and create cohesion among the various portfolio elements so that the various elements build on each other and support each other. Make the organization clear to your reader so they know the journey, pathway or direction they should take.
5)    Collaborate and seek constructive feedback from peers, faculty, administrators, etc. both within your institution and beyond. 
6)    Locate documents in digital format - maybe on your computer, shared drive, cloud drive or in your learning management system.
7)    Build a skeleton framework in a digital website tool (e.g., WordPress, Weebly) to start uploading your content.