Planning to Implement Electronic Portfolios

(two day workshop conducted by Dr. Helen Barrett)

Abstract: Work in a collaborative team to learn what an electronic portfolio can be, how it compares to a paper-based portfolio strategy, and how to make the transition to using technology to support this type of assessment. This workshop is designed to help Schools of Education to plan curriculum and infrastructure adaptations to successfully implement electronic portfolios which demonstrate INTASC and ISTE NETS-T standards.

Workshop Description: As we move to more standards-based teacher performance assessment, we need new tools to record and organize evidence of successful teaching, for both practicing professionals and student teachers. This workshop will introduce a variety of strategies for implementing Electronic Teaching Portfolios in a Teacher Education program. Participants should bring copies of their curriculum (course outlines/syllabi) along with the standards they want to demonstrate with their portfolios. The results of the two-day-long activity is an increased awareness of the possibilities for electronic portfolio development, and a plan for completing the implementation plan.

Objectives: Participants will become aware of the various strategies for authoring electronic portfolios and design a planning process to integrate electronic portfolios across a teacher preparation program. Participants will become familiar with creating basic electronic portfolios with common software tools.

Description of major activities

Electronic Portfolio Development: Participants will become aware of various strategies for building digital portfolios through all five stages of Electronic Portfolio Development, including CD-ROM production or posting to a web site.

Workshop Requirements
Workshop facility:
  • Computer lab with multimedia-capable computers 

  • (Macintosh, Windows computers or both)
    OR room with laptop computer for every two participants
  • VGA Projection system for presenter's Macintosh Powerbook

  • (optional: additional projector & screen connected to Windows computer)
  • Microphone for presenter (for groups larger than 20)
  • Speaker connections for presenter's computer
Internet Access:
  • Ethernet or wireless (Airport)
  • DHCP or fixed IP for presenter's computer
Software -- Required: 
  • Microsoft Office
  • a web browser
Workshop Outline
Day 1


Introductions, overview of workshop
  • Various strategies for authoring electronic portfolios 
  • Examples of electronic portfolios
  • Become aware of the electronic portfolio development process (3 hours) 


Hands-on: Explore portfolio websites based on bookmarks and links and explore use of Microsoft Word as a portfolio tool (1-2 hours) 

Presentation and discussion: Managing Complex Change

Day 2

"So What?"

Presentation: Why do we want to implement electronic portfolios?

Group discussion: Developing a Vision for Electronic Portfolio Development


"Now What?"

Presentation: Planning for implementing electronic portfolios in the curriculum

Group discussion: Curriculum integration issues

Presentation: Final Words
Summarize the process and Workshop Evaluation. 

©2001, Helen C. Barrett, Ph.D.