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A digital portfolio is more than a collection of artifacts haphazardly connected together in a multimedia program or document. To give a portfolio purpose and structure, it should be organized around standards and reflect growth toward those standards. It should include focused goals for future growth based on past performances and current strengths as detailed by the included artifacts.
What makes a portfolio more than a collection of artifacts is the inclusion of reflections providing a unique expression of the individual creating the portfolio. Through these reflections, the creator of the portfolio gives the audience (self, professor, mentor, teacher, student, administrator, professional developer, and/or licensure board) with a deep understanding of the creator’s growth.
For a more in-depth discussion of digital portfolios, please read an article I co-authored with a colleague: ePortfolios: Constructing Meaning Across Time, Space and Curriculum.