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ePortfolios - Overview

How-to (GoogleSites)

Creating an Interactive Portfolio with Google Sites

Process of Creating an Electronic Portfolio - Using examples from my Google Sites portfolio
developed by Helen C. Barrett, Ph.D.

For more detail on Google Sites, including basic information about setting up your first site,
visit the multimedia Google Apps Training Site,
a Google Sites Tour (a YouTube video) and
Google Sites: Simple, secure group websites (a YouTube video).

Getting started

  1. Define the purpose of the portfolio (Learning? Showcase? Assessment?) What is this portfolio supposed to demonstrate?
  2. Keep a Learning Journal.
  3. Collect digital documents [artifacts] (or convert documents into digital format through digital cameras or scanners or digital audio/video tools).
  4. Use GoogleDocs to create artifacts for portfolio, including word processing documents, presentations, spreadsheets, or PDFs. Existing Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents can be uploaded into GoogleDocs.
  5. Select specific documents to meet the goals identified in step 1 above. (Sometimes in selecting the documents, the goals emerge!)
Use a simple table to list the artifacts, and assign (classify) each one to the outcome/goal/standard that the artifact will demonstrate.
See my List of my artifacts and classification

Keeping a Learning Journal

Authoring an electronic portfolio

  1. Create a first page as an introduction and table of contents
  2. Set up a structure around the goals/themes identified in purpose statement
  3. One page for each goal/theme with links to first page
  4. Upload artefacts to page or create hyperlinks to documents online
  5. Write reflections about how the artefacts demonstrate achievement of goals
  6. Write future learning goals
  7. Publish portfolio online

Create a first page - Introduction & Table of Contents

Set up a structure using goals (or themes) as organizing framework

Table of Contents in Google Sites with links to individual pages created for each goal/theme

Read my
At-a-Glance page to see how I identified the artifacts to include in my portfolio, and how I created classifications by competencies, using a simple matrix.

Create one page for each section

Upload artifacts/create hyperlinks

Add the artifacts (through hyperlinks) to the appropriate page in the portfolio. (It is not clear whether there can be hyperlinks to flies stored in a File Cabinet page). Notice the types of Google files that can be embedded on a page. Hyperlinks can also be created to open these files in another window.

Link to a page  

Link to a web address

(or type in a URL, select it, and select Link. The URL or eMail address will be automatically converted to a link)

At the bottom of each page, you can add attachments. See the At-a-Glance page for an example.

500 MB total storage available in Google Sites (not counting hyperlinked documents… put your video in SchoolTube,,,,, or other video sharing sites, and use an EMBED code!)

Write reflections for each goal/skill and each artifact

Write future learning goals

Publish Portfolio - Seek Feedback

This stage provides an opportunity for interaction and feedback on the work posted in the portfolio. This is where the power of Web 2.0 interactive tools becomes apparent. Feedback through email, online or face-to-face interaction. Invite people to be collaborators, and they can enter feedback at the bottom of any page, using the Comments feature (at the bottom of each page, if you are a member of the site and logged in).

NOTE: To see your Google Site as any public users will see it, you must log out of your account (or view the site from another web browser on your computer, where you are not logged in to your Google account. The Edit Page commands at the top of the page will go away... you will only see the small links at the bottom of each page.

Evaluating Portfolios

Updated on Dec 12, 2010 by Helen Barrett (Version 17)