July 2007

Because of time constraints, we weren’t able to have a discussion of the draft CCCC best practices statementon electronic portfolios that was distributed at the Institute.

CCCC Best Practices Statement – Draft

Because this document will be revised this year prior to its formal adaption, your feedback will be extremely valuable to the committee working on it. I hope we can have a lively discussion of it in this space.

Some questions to which you might respond:

  • Why does this document do well?
  • How might it be helpful to you?
  • What excites you about it?
  • Why is the way its written effective?
  • What have you learned from it?
  • How might you use it?
  • What needs improvement in this document?
  • Why doesn’t it help you accomplish what such a policy document be needed for?
  • Why is the structure and contents inappropriate for its audiences?
  • How does this document relate to other statements issued by professional organizations in our field, such as the WPA outcomes statement or the CCCC statement on writing in digital environments? What should be role of these organizations in shaping ePortfolio practice?

WPA Summer Assessment Institute: Electronic Portfolios

Tempe, AZ 2007


9-9:15 Introductions

9:15-10:30 Definitions, core concepts, and key contexts
Slides: Definitions, core concepts, and key contexts

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-11:15 Relationship between composition and institutional ePortfolio initiatives
Slides: Relationship between composition and institutional ePortfolio initiatives

11:15-11:45 ePortfolios and social software
Slides: ePortfolios and social software

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Responding to ePortfolios at a programmatic level

2:00-2:45 “Herding cats”: Faculty development, buy-in, and working with IT
Slides: Hearding Cats
Bonus video

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-3:30 Platforms
Slides: ePortfolio technology

3:30-4:00 Closing: concept mapping


If you have the opportunity prior to attending the institute, please take some time to read through a chapter by Kathleen Blake Yancey entitled “Digitized Student Portfolios” as well as the student ePortfolios listed below. These texts will introduce a few foundational principles and examples that should help us get off to a strong start when we meet next week.

Kathleen Blake Yancey “Introduction: Digitized Student Portfolios” (pp. 15-30) in Electronic Portfolios: Emerging Practices in Student, Faculty, and Institutional Learning. Ed. Barbara Cambridge. AAHE, 2001. yancey-aahe-eports.pdf

Manju Poudel. This portfolio was composed in Blackboard at LaGuardia Community College. It is part of LaGuardia’s public “Portfolio Gallery” (intermediate level), which can be accessed here.

Tracy Wright. This portfolio was composed in Avenet’s eFolio by a faculty member at Northland Community and Technical College in Minnesota. It’s part of a lifelong-learning project called eFolio Minnesota, which provides free electronic portfolio space and resources to all residents of Minnesota.

Sean Moore. This site, which includes a blog, visuals, and a portfolio, was composed as a undergraduate capstone project for the New Century College at George Mason University.

Bethany Strong. This portfolio was composed in FrontPage for a senior seminar in biology at Spelman College. The professor of this class asked her students to compose portfolios addressed to incoming first-year biology majors.

Eva Maria Hirschmann: This portfolio was composed by a student in a first-year composition class at Clemson University using Composer, a free web authoring program.