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What is an e-portfolio?

Students working on laptops

An e-portfolio is an electronic format for learners to record their work, their achievements and goals, to reflect on their learning, and to share and be supported in this. It enables learners to represent the information in different formats and to take the information with them between institutions.

Banks, B. (2004, p3)

Why use e-portfolios?

  • An e-portfolio effectively reflects the learning process.
  • Technology enables the use of a range of media – video, sound and images – as well as text to show both the learning process and final products.
  • The e-portfolio encourages and facilitates the learner’s support network to participate and provide feedback on their learning.
  • The quality, not just the quantity, of feedback is enhanced and facilitated via social mediums.
  • The e-Portfolio assists students to take increasing responsibility for their own learning. It encourages and enables the process of reflection, self-evaluation, and action planning as a process for lifelong learning.
  • The e-portfolio not only develops skills, it develops approaches to learning.
  • Students can carry their e-portfolio throughout their learning journey and use it to record, assess, evaluate, and reflect at any time.

Digital portfolios: Guidelines for beginners

The development and use of digital e-portfolios in New Zealand schools is rapidly evolving. The Ministry recognises the potential of e-portfolios to support improved student outcomes and will be reviewing its current approach to encouraging the use of e-portfolios in schools. More information will be made available through Enabling e-Learning as it becomes available. 

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Music students at St Peter’s College in Palmerston North used e-portfolios to record their reflections, compositions, and understandings.

Tags: Assessment, The Arts, e-Portfolios, Lower secondary, Secondary


Students from Mount Roskill Grammar School engaged in shared learning with their peers and subject teachers for NCEA Level 3 English using MyPortfolio.

Tags: Assessment, English, e-Portfolios, Secondary, Upper secondary


Student ownership of learning at Fairfield Intermediate School in Hamilton was supported through MyPortfolio.

Tags: Assessment, Mathematics and statistics, e-Portfolios, Primary, Upper primary

Spirals of inquiry – Learner agency

Suzanne Baldwin and Lizzy Harrison, Burnside High School, addressed the needs of 13 target learners by making learner agency a core focus for their inquiry

Tags: Teacher inquiry, Collaborative tools, e-Portfolios, Secondary

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e-Portfolios in the classroom

e-Portfolios in the classroom

Associate Principal and Senior Team Leader at Te Kura o Tiori Burnham School, Linda Sweeny, explains the process for setting up Blogger for students to use as an e-Portfolio. 

Using e-portfolios to share students learning

Using e-portfolios to share students' learning

Rob Clarke principal of Burnham School describes the benefits of using e-portfolios in the school community to connect with parents.

A student’s perspective of inclusive education


Waerenga o Kuri student, Herepo Wynyard talks about how the involvement of her whānau both online (through her e-portfolio), and face-to-face at school has encouraged success with her learning goals.

Sharing student learning

Sharing student learning

Staff and students from Apiti School discuss the benefits of using e-portfolios to share student learning with parents and the community. 

Learning partnerships with parents

Learning partnerships with parents

Parents of Hampden Street School students explain how blogging and e-portfolios help them stay connected with their children's learning.

Improving student writing using blogs

Improving student writing using blogs

Wairakei School teacher and her student explain why blogging encourages students to produce better quality work because it is being seen and commented on by an authentic audience.

Authentic learning experiences facilitated through a wiki

Authentic learning experiences facilitated through a wiki

French teacher Sarah Collett and two of her students, describe the usefulness of using a wiki to create and enhance authentic language learning experiences.

Engaging parents in learning through technology

Engaging parents in learning through technology

Hillcrest Normal School teacher, Michelle Macintyre shares how technology has enabled parents to be involved in different ways with students' learning.

Teacher sharing video with class.

Connecting parents with students learning

Renee Strawbridge (DP Mt Biggs School) explains how they use Seesaw to connect parents and whānau with student learning.

Setting up e-portfolios at Kimi Ora

Setting up e-portfolios at Kimi Ora

Blogger has been used to trial e-portfolios at Kimi Ora. ICT lead teacher Jess Hall shares the process she went through to select Blogger, and introduce it to staff and parents. 

e-Portfolios - policies and procedures

e-Portfolios - policies and procedures

James Rea, Deputy Principal at Russell Street School , explains the purpose and content of their e-portfolio documentation.

Developing students capability to make effective blog posts

Developing students capability to make effective blog posts

Nic Mason, teacher at Russell Street School , and his students describe the process, some of the tools, and the learning they gain through creating blog posts.

Using e-portfolios to record the learning process

Using e-portfolios to record the learning process

Russell Street School teacher, Jacqui Innes, describes the process and benefits of planning explicitly for what students will share on their e-portfolios.

Sharing learning using the class blog and e-portfolios

Sharing learning using the class blog and e-portfolios

Teacher, Jacqui Innes from Russell Street School describes how students individual e-portfolios and the class blog serve different purposes but work in conjunction with each other. 

e-Portfolios - the benefits for student learning

e-Portfolios – the benefits for student learning

Deputy Principal Miranda Makin explains the benefits of using e-portfolios for students participating in the Impact Projects .

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Teacher and student e-portfolios at Parkvale School
e-Portfolios are used by both staff and students at Parkvale School. Parkvale School are part of an ICT PD cluster. Their reflective summary outlines the process they used to introduce e-portfolios and their purpose for both staff and students.

EDtalks: The e-portfolio – a personal space for learning
Lenva Shearing, deputy principal at Bucklands Beach Intermediate, describes how the focus of e-portfolios is on the process of learning. Students use them to help articulate their learning, for reflection, to look for next learning steps, and to set goals, rather than as a showcase of learning. 

As part of the MOE 2010 seminar series, Mark Osborne and Miranda Makin describe how the use of e-portfolios supports the monitoring and evaluation of the key competencies at Albany Senior High School. You can view their stories on NZ Curriculum Online.

Educational Leaders
This search result provides links to principals' sabbatical reports and other useful information on e-portfolios from the Educational Leaders website.

A collection of videos with educators discussing e-portfolios within an educational context.

MyPortfolio provides a personal learning environment to record and showcase evidence of achievement, manage development plans, set goals, and create online learning communities. Registration is free for New Zealand Schools until at least 2015.

Research and readings

Large-scale e-portfolio implementations – Introducing the epi research study
This JISC article describes the investigation into established successful use of e-portfolios in 18 schools from the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, and the development of a resource to assist schools with implementing the use of e-portfolios.

Assessment for learning and e-Portfolios
This efellows research report, written in 2008 by Nick Rate, explores what teachers can do to maximise the formative learning benefits of online e-portfolios.

Online discussions

Join the Virtual Learning Network (VLN)  and participate in these discussions.

Tools for e-portfolios
e-Portfolios in the classroom  webinar (14 June, 2012). Teachers from Russell St School discuss: 
 - the pedagogy and purpose for e-portfolios
 - how they are encouraging students to reflect on their work more deeply and the benefits to students' learning
 - how they setup e-portfolios – software, documentation, staff expectations, and professional development. View the PowerPoint and download PDFs used with their e-portfolios.

Discuss, share, and celebrate the use of e-portfolios in teaching and learning.

Featured snapshot of learning

Increasing opportunities for reflection and ownership of learning with MyPortfolio
Read about this school using MyPortfolio to support student ownership of learning.

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