The portfolio is not a new concept: Presentations of skills and competencies, records of achievement, reflection, action plans have been of use in education. Tools and systems built to capture this information electronically are available as e-portfolios.

‘An e-portfolio is the product, created by the learner, a collection of digital artifacts articulating experiences, achievements, and learning’


Courtesy: Adapted from Hartnell-Young et al. (2007) Impact study of e-portfolios on learning, Becta 2

E-portfolio based learning


Courtesy: Mazlan, Khalid & Khoo Mei Sui, Linda & Jano, Zana. (2015). Designing an Eportfolio Conceptual Framework to Enhance Written Communication Skills among Undergraduate Students. Asian Social Science. 11.10.5539/ ass.v11n17p35

The effective construction and use of e-portfolios exploit the capabilities of electronic environments to provide an authentic representation of teaching and learning. The use of multimedia provides the reviewers with a clear window into what happens during the learning process. At AVMC, we create a culture in which educators and students understand how to map their learning experiences together to facilitate an effective student e-portfolio system that is learner-centred, developmental, and serves as a reflective aid. We also tie assessment portions of e-portfolios to student accomplishments that relate to predefined standards and are validated by the faculty as students’ authentic work.

eport (https://avmc.eportfolios.in/) is the portfolio software that is used in AVMC. This software comes with the following features.

  • Easy maintenance of artefacts or learning evidence.
  • Artefacts are bundled up onto a page and an e-portfolio can have any number of pages.
  • ePortfolio owners can submit a page for assessment by a tutor or teacher allowing for a snapshot of the page and associated artefacts on a certain date.
  • Journals – A comprehensive blogging tool to manage your artefacts and may be added to a page. With this tool, you can
  1. Create journal entries using a WYSIWYG editor
  2. Attach files to journal entries
  3. Embed images into entries
  4. Configure whether or not you want comments on your journal entries
  5. Create draft entries for later publishing
  • Resume Builder
  • Discussion Forum – Each group or community can set up their forum to discuss different topics
  • Sharing – The owner of the ePortfolio can share the portfolio with other users (peers, group, teachers) for feedback.
  • Feedback – An effective feedback mechanism enables the reviewers to provide feedback.

URL to access: https://avmc.eportfolios.in/

Challenges in the use of e-Portfolios

  • Information overload: Readers can easily become overwhelmed with excessive, disorganized information in the electronic form.
  • Technology: Training faculty and residents on how to use technology effectively is challenging.
  • Copyright and privacy issues: Providing authentic examples of student work poses legal Issues. GOI laws regulate that the data needs to be stored in Indian servers.
  • adoption: Supporters of e-portfolios are seeking effective ways to generate faculty buy-in and educate residents on how to use e-portfolios to showcase their work and share evidence of learning.