Many benefits have been reported in the literature for the use of portfolios in general as well as additional benefits of having these portfolios in an interactive, electronic format.
Benefits of portfolios
- The potential benefits reported for portfolio learning include:
- That they encourage reflective learning.
- They can aid personal development planning.
- Portfolios can help practitioners relate theory to practice.
- They can promote self-esteem, confidence and self-knowledge.
- Portfolio learning requires a degree of learner autonomy.
- Portfolios can benefit organisational learning as well as individual learning.
Additional benefits offered by electronic portfolios.
E-portfolios bring a range of technology tools that have the potential to enhance portfolio learning.
- Allow for greater flexibility and use of the portfolio material.
- Can be more interactive.
- Can include communication tools that can speed up feedback and create communities of practice.
- Offer the ability to publish to the world via the Internet.
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