ePortfolio Faculty Guide
Why use ePortfolios?
The benefits of ePortfolios are rich and multi-layered. For students, ePortfolios allow them to collect their work in one place, establish a unified showcase of their work, and reflect upon their strengths and weaknesses. This is beneficial both during college as a quality improvement tool (that could potentially span their tenure at a university), and after college as an online career tool for prospective employers.
For faculty, ePortfolios can be equally beneficial in terms of data collection, student achievement documentation, and examples of direct student learning. This data can be used for reflecting upon and fine tuning curriculum and teaching methods, in order to gain clearer insights into student learning. In addition, ePortfolios are priceless in terms of collecting ongoing electronic documentation of assessment and provide universities with the ability to evaluate data, both qualitatively and quantitatively, at an institutional level.
Go to https://pepperdine.digication.com and click on 'Log In'. Enter your Pepperdine ID and password and click 'Login'.
Once logged in, you will come to your Dashboard, a page that lists everything you have on Digication – ePortfolios, Courses, and Communities. To create a new ePortfolio, under 'My e-Portfolios' click the 'Create' button. Choose an ePortfolio Title and web address.
Remember that web addresses can only contain letters and numbers. The other options allow you to customize information about your portfolio. You can always come back and edit these fields by clicking the 'Portfolio Settings' tab. When you're ready, click the 'Submit' button.
When you are logged in and viewing your portfolio, you first see it in Edit Mode. The tabs along the top of the page let you switch between Edit, Preview and Published viewing modes.
Before adding content to your ePortfolio, plan the structure of your ePortfolio. Also, remember that you can create more than one ePortfolio with your account, so you do not need to fit all your projects or content into one ePortfolio.
What sections would you like to add to best represent the topics of your ePortfolio? Within each section, what pages will be needed to best categorize your content? These sections and pages can be modified later if needed. You just need an initial structure to get you started. Also keep in mind that you can create more than one ePortfolio with your account so you do not need to fit all your projects or content in one ePortfolio.
To add or edit content within your ePortfolio, highlight a section and a page within your ePortfolio where you want to add or edit content.
Click on the button 'Add A Module' to add content.
You can now see what your viewers see by clicking on the 'Published' tab.
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- Firefox 2+
- Safari 3+
- Latest Adobe Flash player
ePortfolios are provided by the University to students until they graduate. Once a student graduates he or she can purchase a personal account. You can save your ePortfolio into html files for archiving purposes or to transfer the information on your own website.