Portfolios at Penn State, Penn State’s new online e-portfolio resource, has a fresh new look. Launched this semester, Portfolios at Penn State features all new content and is published on Sites at Penn State. It replaces the e-portfolio resource published on Blogs at Penn State, which was recently retired.

Heather Hughes, a campus learning design consultant and the Portfolios project lead, is traveling to the campuses throughout the semester to present the new resource to faculty and support staff.

The new website provides guides for both students and instructors on the best e-portfolio practices. These guides offer tips for what to include in an e-portfolio and offer ideas to instructors on how to help their students build their portfolios.

Tutorials and training videos are also available on the website, which lend support on how to both build a professional-looking e-portfolio and use WordPress, Sites at Penn State’s platform, to create the portfolio. Tutorials walk students and instructors through the design process and help both students and instructors improve their multimedia skills as they create their own e-portfolios.

Portfolios at Penn State also offers a gallery that showcases academic e-portfolios that were made by current Penn State students, faculty, and staff. There is also a submission form for students, faculty, and staff who are interested in sharing their portfolio in the gallery.

E-portfolios, which are relevant to Penn State strategy in a digitally evolving world, have become standard practice for many students and faculty, according to the website. These digital resumes help demonstrate a student’s skills and achievements and allow students to showcase assessments of their work.

“As a digital body of scholarly work, academic portfolios represent evidence of the author’s intellectual and creative achievements, as well as their ability to reflect on the processes and outcomes of those achievements,” says Hughes. “Digital portfolios allow authors to work in and through multiple forms of media and in ways that are personally meaningful. They also provide a platform for engaging in forms of conversational interaction important to teaching and learning. In addition to showcasing achievement and reflection, digital portfolios are ideal spaces for collaboration and feedback.”

Currently, Hughes is working on additional resources that will be added to the website, along with an e-portfolio training course that is being developed with IT Training Services. Faculty and staff with questions about Portfolios at Penn State may contact Hughes at: http://portfolio.psu.edu/contact/.

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