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Learning through ePortfolios is a Course

Learning through ePortfolios

Ended Mar 21, 2016

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Full course description

Course Date:

Jan 25 - Mar 21, 2016


8 weeks


16 hours total



Course Type:





Learning through ePortfolios is a 18-week course in which you’ll learn the benefits of a personal learning environment and how to develop one. You’ll also develop a blog and a professional web page, and read about learning and communication theories behind these online tools to enhance your understanding and creativity in their use.

This course is appropriate for professional development, for students who want to organize their learning, and for anyone who wants to develop a presence online.

The course has eight modules, most of which are two weeks each. In each module, for each topic in the course, you'll complete readings, participate in discussions, create journal entries, and complete various ePortfolio assignments. All assignments will be done in an ePortfolio environment you'll learn to create, so you'll learn how to use an ePortfolio system in a very concrete way.

In this course you will be:

  • Reading about eportfolios and personal learning environments (PLEs)
  • Researching eportfolios
  • Developing pages in the ePortfolio environment
  • Reflecting in a journal, using the journal function of ePortfolio
  • Discussing major concepts
  • Engaging within an ePortfolio group
  • Participating in group activities, such as creating a group page and building a database together


  • Articulate the multiple purposes of eportfolios within the current environment, as well as the educational and professional contexts from which eportfolios evolved
  • Summarize and analyze concepts from articles related to ePortfolios and learning researched over the term
  • Navigate an ePortfolio environment, including the following: portfolio, journal, publication, forums
  • Articulate the importance of reflection in the learning process by applying reflective practices in a reflective journal throughout the course
  • Understand basic communication concepts—audience, authenticity, web page usability—and apply these concepts to a public ePortfolio
  • Provide feedback on others’ eportfolios, applying concepts of public communication and constructive feedback
  • Understand concepts related to community engagement online, and apply those concepts as a member of a learning community

Course Instructors

Susan Oaks

Dr. Susan Oaks


Susan Oaks has a Ph.D. in American Literature and degrees in English and Education. She has worked at the State University of New York, Empire State College, for 29 years, many of which have been spent designing online courses in writing and literature which apply the reflective journaling which ePortfolios support. She received the SUNY Chancellor’s award for Excellence in Teaching and the Sloan-C award for excellence in Online Teaching. Recently, she has been experimenting with using ePortfolios for degree planning purposes. She has written and presented on the use and value of ePortfolios in the learning process.

Betty Hurley

Dr. Betty Hurley

Area Coordinator, Mathematics

Dr. Betty Hurley has a doctorate in math education from the University of Rochester. She has been at SUNY Empire State College for over 30 years and is currently a professor and area coordinator in mathematics, developing and teaching online math courses. She has co-authored a book, “Foundations of Learning,” and has recently been experimenting with ePortfolios for learning. She has developed some open educational resources (OERs), including a course called, A Mathematical Journey, available through Wikieducator and a course on ePortfolios for STEM educators as an HP Fellow.

Jase Teoh

Dr. Jase Teoh

Educational Technologist

Dr. Jase Teoh is an Educational Technologist at SUNY Empire State College, Long Island. Her research engages with the areas of instructional design, open educational resources, virtual worlds, avatars, identity formation, gaming industry, teacher education and technology, Web 2.0 tools, qualitative research, theatre in education, and the future of computing. She holds an Ed.D in Curriculum & Instruction (Educational Technology), an M.A in Counseling, and a B.A in Psychology, Public Relations.