Pre-Requisite Skills, Technology Requirements
and Dispositions for Distance Learning

If you are interested in taking this self-paced course on Electronic Portfolio Development using common software tools,
purchase Dr. Barrett's Electronic Portfolios CD, which contains the full version of this course, plus information about the online course site available only to purchasers of the CD.
The Modules linked below are representative but not complete versions of the course materials.
ePortfolio Intro - Getting started and introductions; ePortfolio Literature and creating a plan; software options and the portfolio development process; developing the digital archive (Excel); building a reflective portfolio (Word) and evaluation.

ePortfolio Tools - Looking at the following common software tools for creating ePortfolios: PowerPoint, Acrobat, HTML editors, and other optional tools such as eZedia or Lectora; creating a digital storytelling artifact using a digital video editing program such as iMovie or Pinnacle Studio; creata a rubric and evaluation.

ePortfolio Web - Preparing the ePortfolio for publishing in a variety of formats: CD-ROM, WWW, videotape, DVD and emerging technologies; more literature on e-portfolio research; finalize portfolio and final evaluation.



Dr. Helen Barrett, Instructor

Previous classes

Wichita State University
Spring 2003
Summer 2003

Read what prior participants have said about this course:

  • I really had almost no idea what the portfolios in my ___ class would look like when I started in January. On my syllabus it just said "Specifics for the portfolio will be shared later in the semester." So what I learned in this class was how to do it! I was very very pleased with the results.
  • I gained a considerable amount of knowledge in the different technology areas even though I thought that I was competent when the classes started. This class helped force me to complete some skills that I wanted to learn but had been putting off. I would say that this has been a very good experience for me.
  • I got so much out of these classes. I think most of all, I got a little peace of mind!
  • I've learned so much. From new skills with software apps I thought I knew well, to portfolio building and organizing skills. I've gathered a wealth of information and resources to share with our teachers. And, if I reenter the classroom, e-portfolios will be the first activity I implement.
  • Well, because of this class, I now have some credibility as the "Coordinator of the Digital Portfolio Implementation" in Teacher Education here at ___. With any luck, it will go SO smoothly that there will not be a need for a coordinator after a year (is that a pipe dream, Helen?) Whew. Implementation. Faculty buy-in. All I can do at this point is share my vision with the faculty and see how it goes.
  • Thanks for all the resources and growing experiences. I was already sold on portfolios, but now I feel I have the tools and a lot of the skill needed to use them.