The freedom obtained when creating an ePortfolio is vast an undefined. This is because when creating a traditional portfolio, there is a limit to writing or drawing. Whereas an ePortfolio, has very little limitations, there is a range of information you can post, from video, audio, music, animation, writing, images and more. You can directly link an aspect to a specific website, or you can link your references to online sources.
Learning how to use the blog type websites which assist in creating ePortfolios, require time and energy to learn how to use each function the website has to offer. The best way to do this is to ‘play around’ with all the functions, even if they don’t have any reference to the actual topic of the blog.
As with any online activity, there is a chance of your account being hacked which allows the hacker access to personal information if the profile is private. Although this event is unlikely to occurs the chances are still greater than if the ePortfolio was paper based. If this does occur though, the hacker could not only gain access to information, but change passwords, edit posts and add posts that differ from the truth or what you re writing about.
Another thing to understand, is that it is very difficult but not impossible to remove something once it is posted onto the internet. You cannot delete the item forever unless you deletion occurs at the original source. (Downey, S. 2012)
As previously stated ePortfolios are an electronic versions of a traditional portfolio.
Primarily Portfolios have been used by “artists, architects and designers to get hired and promoted”, as well as students as assessment folders containing previous work completed during a term, semester or year.
The advancement of technology over the past couple of years has assisted in developing what an ePorfolio can contain. From multimedia content (video, audio, music, animation), to writing based entries.
Lorenzo and Ittelson (2005) state that “an e-portfolio is a digitized collection of artifacts, including demonstrations, resources, and accomplishments that represent an individual, group, community, organization, or institution. This collection can be comprised of text-based, graphic, or multimedia elements archived on a Web site or on other electronic media such as a CD-ROM or DVD”
Tosh and Werdmuller (2004) state “ the electronic portfolio (e- portfolio) can be understood as a “a collection of authentic and diverse evidence, drawn from a larger archive representing what a person or organization has learned over time on which the person or organization has reflected, and designed for presentation to one or more audiences for a particular rhetorical purpose” (Educause Learning Initiative 2003). Although research into electronic portfolios has a short history, there are already two development directions for the e-portfolio-concept: “The ‘e-portfolio’ used for final assessment/ job seeking where the emphasis is on the product(s) and then the ‘e-portfolio’ used for reflection, deep learning, knowledge growth and social interaction where the emphasis lies on the process”.