Why Use Electronic Portfolios?
Electronic portfolios offer three distinct benefits:
1) They are a creative, lively form in which to show a student’s best work;
2) They allow students to gain an awareness of a larger audience (a portfolio can be published on an intranet or the Internet or saved to a CD and given to college representatives, employers, or anyone a student wants to impress);
3) They can evolve and grow over a student’s entire academic career.
-- "From Worn-Out to Web - Based : Better Student Portfolios." Phi Delta Kappan 85.10 (June 2004): 792-794.
Assessment findings derived from students, tutors, and teachers indicate that electronic portfolios have had several positive effects on student learning. These portfolios vividly record writing as a process, providing students and teachers with an effective means of assessing the development of that process over a semester. In addition, they effectively display the final results of the semester, including a student’s self-assessments in the form of written reflections.
-- Click, Ben A., and Sarah C. Magruder.. "Implementing Electronic Portfolios for Performance Assessment:A Pilot Program Involving a College Writing Center." Assessment Update 16.4 (July 2004): 1-15.
The portfolio not only offers a tool for authentic assessment but also a means for students to be reflective practitioners, emphasizing the how and why as much as the what. Time spent in portfolio assessment is not time taken away from teaching or academics, but time refocused and redefined, with the portfolio viewed as a natural complement to learning.
-- Lombardi, Judy. "To Portfolio or not to Portfolio: Helpful or Hyped?." College Teaching 56.1 (Winter2008 2008): 7-10.