I think that there are many benefits for both teachers and students using an e-portfolio.  Here are a few benefits of using e-portfolios for my future classroom and also for me personally.

  • Teachers will understand the important parts of the process fully and see that the process is just as important as the product
  • They will develop an appreciation for the challenges that are experiences while writing a reflective statement that identifies learning.
  • They will have the opportunity to explore more fully who they are and what they know and can do.
  • They will assess strengths and interests which allows for explorations of career options.
  • They will refresh their skills in documenting lifelong learning experiences
  • They will have a record of personal learning with documents that prove formal and informal learning.
  • They will have a tool to showcase skills and knowledge to their employers when seeking a new position or a promotion.
  • They will have an organized collection of evidence that can be used as a job search tool if needed.
  • They will be able to demonstrate professional growth and show a commitment to continued learning.

Students in the classroom will benefit from having an e-portfolio

  • Students will discover a valuable exercise in self-assessmnet throught the reflection process.
  • Their self-esteem and self confidence will be enhanced as they take control of their learning.
  • They may develop their own goals for learning.
  • They will learn and begin to practice a process that will be used in life long and life wide learning pursuits.
  • They will have a tool for personal development
  • They will have a personal learning record
  • They recieve credit towards a course completion or towards graduation.

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