Beginning in September 2011, St. John’s
University partnered with Digication, a company that
provides electronic portfolios for students. The incoming freshman
class was given digital portfolios and we will continue to provide
students with such portfolios until, within the next four to five
years, every St. John’s student has one.
An ePortfolio is a collection of academic
material and accomplishments that a student gathers and places
online. ePortfolios have become increasingly common at all levels
of education, especially in high schools and colleges. Students use
ePortfolios to showcase their intellectual achievements, as well as
present themselves academically and professionally to outside
audiences. In many areas the ePortfolio is fast replacing the
conventional resume as the means by which students apply for jobs
or graduate programs.
Faculty use ePortfolios to better understand and
evaluate the work their students are doing. For example,
ePortfolios offer a means by which faculty can engage in classroom
assessment and program assessment. Faculty and administrations also
use e-Portfolios to assess the work their students are doing.
Just as WEAVE offers an essential means by which
an institution continually documents its claims for assessment—a
living archive and database of mission statements, goals, findings,
and action plans—e-Portfolios provide the evidence that supports
the findings presented in WEAVE. Together, WEAVE and ePortfolios
will be the mechanisms that St. John’s will use to further document
our ongoing assessment activities.
Our Goal: For faculty to
seriously imagine ways that their students can demonstrate
expertise in their courses on ePortfolios—via written statements,
papers, research, video, photography, audio, reflective journals,
*Support information on ePortfolios can be