Getting started with ePortfolios

Are you seeking ways to engage your students more deeply in their studies, support them throughout an internship, or promote their professional formation? Learn how to use ePortfolios in this short, fully online course!

A digital portfolio is an annotated and organised collection of individual works, or artefacts, which documents learning and development over time. It is aimed at enhancing learning and teaching at a higher education level, supporting a variety of activities designed to promote personal, professional and academic development. 

The ePortfolio tool has a wide range of applications, allowing users to collect, curate and selectively present materials that can be used to design CVs or personal websites and foster early career skills throughout their tertiary education. Join us in this quick coffee course to learn how you can develop (and help your students develop) an ePortfolio that can be used for teaching, research and other extra-curricular activities!

Course Dates

Monday 21 August through to Wednesday 23 August. It should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete each day.


  • Day 1 – Portfolio learning – What is it? What are some of its pros and cons in higher education contexts? 
  • Day 2 – Evidence and examples – How can ePortfolios help achieve varied learning objectives? 
  • Day 3 – Challenges, barriers and success factors – Important learnings to build into ePortfolio activities.

All are welcome

We welcome all staff, including tutors, demonstrators, professional staff, and academics at the Australian National University to join us, as well as colleagues at other institutions. Professional development recognition is available for all ANU staff through HORUS. Log in to HORUS, and find the course called AOC012 – “Getting Started with ePortfolios” under the Training Catalogue. To receive recognition, you will be required to post a comment every day of the course.

How does the course work?

All you need to do to join the course is Subscribe for Updates by entering your email in the box on the right-hand side of the blog. For information on how to participate in this coffee course, please see this post for more information.


Jenny Edwards is a Senior Learning Designer with the ANU Online team. Having championed the implementation of various online and teaching technologies such as WebCT and Moodle at the ANU for the last few decades, she is currently (still) working to improve the elearning environment at the university, supporting the adoption of new education technologies and pedagogical approaches.

Aliya Steed is the manager of ANU Online educational design team. She has a wealth of experience in academic development, educational design and online learning pedagogies, at both university-wide and college levels. Her scholarly interests include flexible and online learning, educational technologies, design and change management, specifically in higher education contexts.

Rebecca Ng is a Learning Technologist with the ANU Online team. She describes herself as a “partial cyborg” as she believes that technology has changed the way she thinks and approaches her daily life. More importantly, it has changed the way we perceive and learn. Hence, she is interested in researching new pedagogical approaches that can effectively integrate different technologies to support higher education.  


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