Learning is a combination of a process (the development of knowledge and skills) and a product (the actual knowledge and skills obtained).  A tool that is able to capture both would be beneficial. One concept that could help in the curation and demonstration of knowledge is a portfolio.  The idea of the portfolio is often linked to art students or investment bankers. The idea is a place to collect past work as a showcase. With the advent of the internet and web 2.0 tools, it is possible to create an electronic portfolio or ePortfolio.  Dr. Helen Barrett (2010), a prominent researcher in the field of ePortfolios, defines an ePortfolio as “an electronic collection of evidence that shows your learning journey over time” (p.6). Dr. Barrett goes into greater detail on the benefits of ePortfolios in her TEDx talk “Social Networks and Interactive Portfolios: Blurring the Boundaries” (2010).

In Dr. Barrett’s article “Balancing the two faces of ePortfolios” (2010) she discusses that an ePortfolio will have two purposes; a workspace and a showcase.  In regards to a workspace, an ePortfolio is a place to provide and store evidence of learning, a place to reflect on what has been learned by the student. The reflection is an important step to ensure you have understood what is needed to progress with comfort to the next steps. The ePortfolio can be a powerful place for processing knowledge and reflecting on how the learning fits into your specific context.

This video explores how ePortfolios may be used in a Vocational education context.  Do you see value in ePortfolios?  What are some concerns you may have?


Barrett, H. (2010). Balancing the Two Faces of ePortfolios. Educação, Formação & Tecnologias, 3(1), 6-14. [Online], Retrieved from: http://eft.educom.pt/index.php/eft/article/viewFile/161/102

Barret, H. (2010, February 25). Social Networks and Interactive Portfolios: Blurring the Boundaries.  Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckcSegrwjkA&t=1s