An electronic portfolio (also known as an, e-portfoliodigital portfolio, or online portfolio) is a collection of electronic evidence assembled and managed by a user, usually on the Web. Such electronic evidence may include inputted text, electronic files, images, multimedia, blog entries, and hyperlinks. E-portfolios are both demonstrations of the user’s abilities and platforms for self-expression, and, if they are online, they can be maintained dynamically over time. Some e-portfolio applications permit varying degrees of audience access, so the same portfolio might be used for multiple purposes.

An e-portfolio can be seen as a type of learning record that provides actual evidence of achievement.  Like traditional portfolios, e-portfolio can facilitate students’ reflection on their own learning, leading to more awareness of learning strategies and needs. Results of a comparative research, by M. van Wesel and Prop, between paper-based portfolios and electronic portfolios in the same setting, suggest use of an electronic portfolio leads to better learning outcomes.

There are usually three types of e-portfolio:

  • developmental (eg: working)
  • reflective (eg: learning and talking)
  • representational (eg: showcase)

Here is a clip, showing the advantages of owning and using an e-portfolio

Obviously, the advantages of e-portfolio are out of question. However, there is a special voice from this website “doogiefolio“. I believe it makes its points as well.

e port vs t port

“Electronic portfolios are designed  to supplement your traditional portfolio — not replace it.

Traditional Portfolios

There’s something to be said about a tangible portfolio, where pieces can be taken out and touched, held, and discussed. This enables you the opportunity to talk about each project — relating your process — which can and will bolster your odds of landing the job. This also goes a long way in leaving a lasting impression on the interviewer. There is a certain aesthetic to traditional portfolios.

What happens if you show up for an interview with an electronic version of your portfolio and the interviewer does not have the technology in place to support it? Make sure you’re covered in this area.

Traditional portfolios were here first and they’re here to stay. In order to fully grasp where portfolios are going in terms of their importance in the process of self-promotion, we must first take a look at where they began.