According to the World English Dictionary, a portfolio is defined as:
|1.||a flat case, esp of leather, used for carrying maps, drawings,etc|
|2.||the contents of such a case, such as drawings, paintings, orphotographs, that demonstrate recent work: an art student'sportfolio|
In the case of educational portfolios, it can be a file, a binder, a case, or even an electronic blog to hold/list all the work of the person showcasing his/her learning. Wikipedia explains it best as the following:
An electronic portfolio, also known as an e-portfolio or digital portfolio, is a collection of electronic evidence assembled and managed by a user, usually on the Web. Such electronic evidence may include inputted text, electronic files, images, multimedia, blogentries, and hyperlinks. E-portfolios are both demonstrations of the user's abilities and platforms for self-expression, and, if they are online, they can be maintained dynamically over time. Some e-portfolio applications permit varying degrees of audience access, so the same portfolio might be used for multiple purposes.
An e-portfolio can be seen as a type of learning record that provides actual evidence of achievement. Learning records are closely related to the Learning Plan, an emerging tool that is being used to manage learning by individuals, teams, communities of interest, and organizations. To the extent that a Personal Learning Environment captures and displays a learning record, it also might be understood to be an electronic portfolio.
Students have been taught to create digital identities using presentation software or tools to create web pages. More recently the use of virtual learning environments (VLEs) in schools and universities has led to an increased activity in the creation of e-portfolios for a variety of reasons. Most of these e-portfolios, however, are retained within the VLE and are not easily accessed outside the VLE. This results in problems of exporting data and related interoperability issues. An alternative approach is to use a system externally hosted to any institution. This permits transition through the various stages of education and employments and even into retirement.
This web site is dedicated to the sharing of information in regards to portfolios and electronic portfolios. This web site contains different manners of assessment (both formative and submative) of the portfolio, both by the teacher and by the student. It contains instructions on setting up the portfolio, the continuation of it, the exploration of the student's work, and the final sharing of the portfolio. I hope this makes your learning easier. A big thanks to V. Lees for giving me most of this information. I greatly appreciate it.