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Five Ways to Use ePortfolios for Reflection

Please show me innovative teaching strategies I can actually use! As educators, we are often seeking new and exciting ways to engage our students, only to find that our teaching load leaves little time for focusing on the more innovative approaches. This dilemma is compounded by efforts to provide evidence of student mastery as program-level expectations inevitably outgrow traditional assessment methods. ePortfolios offer an opportunity to address both of these problems at once. In fact, in 2016 the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U [1]) added the use of ePortfolios for reflection in the learning process (“ePortfolio pedagogy”) to a list of high-impact practices, based on growing evidence of its connection to elevated performance, increased satisfaction, and greater levels of overall student persistence (Watson, Kuh, Rhodes, Light, & Chen, 2016).

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