An electronic portfolio (also known as an eportfolio) is a collection of electronic evidence assembled and managed by a user, usually on the Web. E-portfolios are both demonstrations of the user’s abilities and platforms for self-expression. If they are online, users can maintain them dynamically over time. (wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_portfolio)
Why ePortfolios should be used as an educational and professional tool?
I believe ePortfolios are an opportunity to hold records of everything in one place regarding an individual’s education, accomplishments, developments, etc. In addition, the ePortfolio can lead to recognition, connection to communities throughout the world, and interaction with others. And like myself, people sometimes forget who they really are or what they have learned. We can review ourselves with our own ePortfolios.
Who owns the ePortfolio?
Anyone who has complete control over their ePortfolio, meaning that they have the ability to make changes, move pages, delete or add pages, and restore or update it, has a full sense of ownership. If an ePortfolio does not have an owner or the person who created the ePortfolio abandoned it, the system would ultimately own the ePortfolio.
Garrett, N. (2011). An Eportfolio Design Supporting Ownership, Social Learning, and Ease of Use. Educational Technology & Society, 14 (1), 187–202.