Helpful Tips: Chapter 1

Thank you for pre-enrolling in Pathbrite’s new Portfolios for Educators feature, which will launch in its “1.0” form January 8, 2013. In preparation for Pathbrite’s new Educators feature, we’ll be providing you with research, tips, and resources to help you seamlessly introduce Pathbrite Portfolios to your students.

In a recent study published by the Educause Center for Applied Research, the authors collected responses from more than 100,000 students regarding their IT and education technology resources and tools. The study shows that 7 times as many students used ePortfolios (52% vs. 7%) over 2010-2012.
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We’ve made great strides in improving the ePortfolios user experience for students and have enabled educators to better assess student performance, cognition, and competencies, all in real-time. In our own ongoing progress here at Pathbrite, we draw a great deal of inspiration from the book Documenting Learning with ePortfolios by authors Helen Chen, Tracy Penny Light, and John Ittelson. The reflective learning pedagogy detailed in the book has been instrumental in the development of our next-generation digital portfolio. Documenting learning is not only essential for information retainment, but it also prepares students to be better curators and presenters of their own learning outcomes. And ePortfolios are excellent indicators of understanding, which may be applicable for summative assessment.

To quote the book, beyond the classroom, ePortfolios can also provide a window for others (chairs, deans, alumni, employers, and so on) to view what is happening within the classroom and on the campus.

We look forward to your feedback once Portfolios for Educators goes live on January 8th. However, feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the launch. You can email us at or call us at 415.766.4505.

One thought on “Helpful Tips: Chapter 1

  1. John

    Working at a museum in a small lierbal arts college, I often find it more challenging to work with the faculty who have low technology skills. We are very committed in the museum to using technology but the majority of ourbstaff is not tech saavy so it often falls to two of us. We see digital technology having amazing potential to explore collections, exhibition ideas and to provide a new platform for students and faculty to conduct research. I’m trying to focus our efforts on using free applications that don’t require special programming skills such as google earth, blogging, Facebook, flickr, and mobile apps that are built by plugging in content such as tours here, my tours, or toura. Our students are building their first virtual exhibitions by plugging content into a Wix website template. I hope to try out History Pin and Voicethread in the futur. We are really just in the beginning stages of implementation of all of this. My approach is to find easy to use and free applications, which allow students and faculty to focus on the content and designing the overall experience.


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