ePortfolios for Tufts University

Key Resources:

ePortfolio Service Description – This page describes the ePortfolio service & includes contact info for learning more about it.

ePortfolio entry in Teaching at Tufts – This page describes what ePortfolios are, how they are used in teaching, and where you can learn more about them.

A Brief History of E-Portfolios at Tufts:

  • 2012: UIT Educational & Scholarly Technology Services (ESTS) sponsors visit from Teggin Summers and Marc Zaldivar from Virginia Tech’s ePortfolio Initiatives group. On May 3, 2012, Marc and Teggin offered a rich interactive session for the Tufts EPortfolio community of interest. They also worked with staff who will be designing the Trunk-based ePortfolio service model to help us think through proven models and staffing approaches. Video and slides of the “EPortfolios at Virginia Tech” session are here:
  • 2011: UIT implements Trunk, a Sakai-based platform for learning, teaching, and collaboration. Built into Sakai is an updated and integrated version of the Open Source Portfolio (OSP), which we’ll be able to leverage in support of Tufts E-Portfolios across diverse contexts. UIT continues to work with stakeholders across the University to understand the range of E-Portfolio interests, goals, and practices in Tufts’ Schools and programs, and we continue to partner with CELT and OIR&E to plan the rollout of E-Portfolio services in support of these diverse goals and practices at the University.
    • December 1, 2011: UIT Educational & Scholarly Technology Services sponsors “EPortfolios: The Joys of Disruption,” an interactive presentation by Darren Cambridge, Senior Consultant, American Institutes for Research, Washington, D.C. Resources from the session are available here:
    • Bibliography of EPortfolio Resources for Tufts
    • Video:
    • March 18, 2011: UIT Educational & Scholarly Technology Services sponsors “Making Knowledge Visible: E-Portfolios for Tufts University,” a talk by Melissa Peet, Academic Director, Integrative Learning and Mportfolio Initiative, Office of the Provost, University of Michigan. Resources from that faculty development workshop are available here:
    • Presentation slides: “Making Knowledge Visible” – Melissa Peet – March 2011
    • Video:
  • Other resources:
  • 2005-2008: Open Source Portfolio (OSP) pilot, in which UIT partnered primarily with the Department of Occupational Therapy in the School of Arts & Sciences to support portfolio practices across courses and fieldwork contexts. During this period, UIT also worked closely with the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) and the Office of Institutional Research & Evaluation (OIR&E) to provide educational opportunities for faculty and academic resource colleagues who support learning, advising, assessment, and accreditation across Schools and programs at Tufts
  • 2006-present: UIT has supported a number of E-Portfolio projects, sometimes in conjunction with Digital Storytelling, in order to support the goals of faculty and students engaged in reflective practice and synthesis of curricular and co-curricular learning experiences. At the same time, UIT has benefited from these opportunities to evaluate a range of E-Portfolio software platforms and to continue learning with the Tufts community about best practices and the emerging technology platforms to support those practices. Explorations have included:
    • KEEP Toolkit-based portfolios for the Ghana Gold program, with Pearl Robinson as faculty sponsor
    • Wiki-based portfolios in Occupational Therapy, with Mary Evenson as faculty sponsor
    • Wiki- and WordPress-based portfolios in Education, with the Curriculum Resource Center as sponsor