Possible school uses:
In an article for Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), authors Miller and Morgaine offer that "students generally use e-portfolios to collect their work, reflect upon strengths and weaknesses, and strive to improve." They state that students can recognize achievement and outcomes over time, gain insights that lead to improvement and develop identities as learners.
Miller and Morgaine say that students exercising metacognition in reflecting on their work are experiencing the benefits of an internal conversation. This structured reflection leads to student self-knowledge and confidence.
TLT Instructional Technologist Jessica Smith writes that she used longitudinal portfolios for students documenting the writing process, including notes, drafts, feedback, and revisions. Smith suggests using Google Drive for student work. Students make their own folder and subfolders, then share with their professor.
Another use for e-portfolios is to document learning progress for family and friends who might want to know more about what their student family member is experiencing. Providing access to an educational e-portfolio might help soften family anxiety and help the student explain to their family what they are learning.
In an article for International Journal of ePortfolio, authors Posey et al. state a list of value e-portfolios add to the university.
Miller, R. and Morgaine, W. (2009). The benefits of E-portfolios for students and faculty in their own words. Peer Review 11, 1. Retrieved from https://www.aacu.org/publications-research/periodicals/benefits-e-portfolios-students-and-faculty-their-own-words.
Posey, L. Plack, M., Snyder, R., Dinneen, P., Feuer, M. and Wiss, A. (2015). Developing a pathway for an institution wide eportfolio program. International Journal of ePortfolio 5, 1: 75-92.
Smith, J. (2014) Using digital portfolios in the classroom. TLT: Innovative Technology for Innovative Instructors. Retrieved from http://tlt.cofc.edu/2014/10/16/using-digital-portfolios-in-the-classroom/.