Teaching & Learning Toolbox

ePortfolios ePortfolios

What it is

An ePortfolio is a digital collection of objects that students may create to share their work, show how they have grown as a learner over time, or to demonstrate their skills to other students, instructors or employers. Learn more about ePortfolios under Resources.

ePortfolio Tools

UW-Madison supports three ePortfolio tools, the Canvas LMS ePortfolio, the D2l/Learn@UW ePortfolio and Google Sites. All services allow students to share their ePortfolio or keep it private, post and receive feedback on assignments and projects, as well as customize the appearance of their ePortfolio.

canvas icon Canvas' ePortfolio

The Canvas ePortfolio allows students to gather together and reflect upon various artifacts, such as essays, photos, scans of papers with instructor feedback, PowerPoint presentations, websites, videos and audios--anything that has been created as part of a student’s learning experience. The Canvas ePortfolio has a wizard that will walk students through the creation step by step, and allows password protected publishing of the entire ePortfolio. Canvas ePortfolios are tied to users and not a specific course. This ePortfolio might be ideal if your students are…

  • Planning to share assignments or their best work from multiple Canvas courses
  • Interested in showcasing professional-quality work for prospective employers
  • Looking to demonstrate mastery of course outcomes
  • Interested in creating an online educational journal for reflection

Learn more about the Canvas ePortfolio.

d2l icon D2L's ePortfolio

The Learn@UW/D2L ePortfolio allows students to share materials that they upload, as well as assignments and grades from Learn@UW-enabled classes. A D2L ePortfolio can be exported to an external website: however, the D2L ePortfolio is not accessible after graduation. This ePortfolio might be ideal if your students are…

  • Looking for a way to track personal learning and growth throughout their college careers.
  • Planning to share assignments and grades from Learn@UW classes.
  • Planning to include comments and feedback from instructors and/or peers.
  • Using ePortfolios as part of a class.
  • Not planning to make changes to their ePortfolio after graduation.

Learn more about the Learn@UW ePortfolio or see an example.

google sites icon Google Sites

Google Sites can be used to easily create an ePortfolio that utilizes content from other Google products, such as Youtube and Google Docs. Your Google Site can be edited and updated after graduation.This ePortfolio might be ideal if your students are…

  • Frequent users of google services, such as YouTube and Picasa.
  • Planning to share files and documents posted on Google Docs.
  • Graduating soon and want an ePortfolio to use after graduation and to show employers.

Learn more about making ePortfolios with Google Sites or see an example.

Getting Started

To activate a UW-Madison Google Sites ePortfolio, log in with your netID and password at googleapps.wisc.edu.

To work with the Learn@UW ePortfolio, login to Learn@UW.