Scaling Up

ePortfolio helps institutions meet the challenges of building and sustaining a learning culture while bridging to an emerging learning paradigm. The most successful ePortfolio initiatives are those that work with key stakeholders on a campus to address the critically important challenges intrinsic to developing a culture of learning: strengthening students’ integrative experience, helping majors and programs think more coherently about how learning goals are achieved through courses, and helping institutions connect cross-boundary programs, such as General Education and First-Year Experience, to overall assessment of institutional outcomes.


10 Core Strategies

For planning, growing, evaluating, and scaling up ePortfolio projects.

Developing an Effective Campus ePortfolio Leadership Team
Building effective leadership teams that possess diverse composition representing different roles in the institution and have strong connections to key stakeholders in the institution.

Connecting to Programs
Building relationships with degree programs, engaging a wider community of faculty and serving as catalyst for other departments at the institution.

Connecting to High Impact Practices
Building connections to the ten high-impact practices that have been revealed through broad research to demonstrably improve student success and learning in higher education.

Engaging Students
Making student work visible and engage students as stakeholders.

Advancing through Professional Development
Successful ePortfolio initiatives are advanced through thoughtful professional development activities for faculty and staff to explore both ePortfolio-related pedagogy and practice, and to build crucial buy-in for broad change.

Click here to read Core Strategies 1 – 5.

Building Strategic Connections to Outcomes Assessment
Successful ePortfolio implementations build strategic connections to assessment of student learning at programmatic and institutional levels.

Making Use of Evidence
Gathering, analyzing, and sharing meaningful evidence of impact on student learning.

Leveraging Resources
Successful ePortfolio implementations require financial resources to support the leadership team, faculty professional development, and technology.

Aligning with Institutional Planning
Working with key allies in administration, and working to include ePortfolios in program-level and institutional strategic plans and planning processes.

Building a Culture of Learning
Successful ePortfolio initiatives build an ePortfolio awareness and culture at the department and program level, among students, faculty, administrators, advisors, in formal and informal ways.

Click here to read Core Strategies 6 – 10.

Featured Campus Stories:


Scaling Up ePortfolios at a Complex Urban Research University: The IUPUI Story

An early adopter of ePortfolios, IUPUI began its ePortfolio initiative without a roadmap or example to follow. Enthusiastic leaders were not enough: early efforts fell short. We retrenched and revamped, listening carefully to the needs of our campus stakeholders and attuning our strategy to the variety of disciplinary cultures at our complex urban research university.
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Doing Things Differently: Scaling Up at Guttman Community College

Guttman Community College’s scaling up story, in many ways, begins in August 2012, when we welcomed our first group of students to the college. But, in another important way, the conversation and focus on ePortfolio and learning began earlier than that, in the initial planning phases of the college.
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From Paper to Pixels, Looseleaf to Links: A Seemingly Simple Transition of the Manhattanville Portfolio

What began as a transition from Manhattanville‘s paper Portfolio system, turned into a much larger and more fulfilling examination of our Learning Core.
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