A digital portfolio is a carefully crafted presentation of a student’s learning journey using digital artefacts as evidence of learning. It has a clear purpose and is well organised. It both develops and demonstrates learning through effective student reflection. The learner
uses the higher order metacognitive skills to consider what they learned and
self-assess what they need to focus on next to progress their learning. Digital artefacts can be derived from learning activities across all learning domains. An effective digital portfolio can be used to celebrate achievement, demonstrate progress through comparison over time and guide future learning.
The production of a digital portfolio encourages a partnership between students and their teachers and increased student ownership and accountability for their own learning. A digital portfolio provides students, their parents and teachers with a rich record of learning. A digital portfolio is not a collection of all student tasks, but careful selections that
demonstrate growth and new knowledge such as two artifacts that show progression in learning over time.
A digital portfolio can be used in many ways. In a more sophisticated form the digital portfolio can be developed over several years and used as an ongoing record of progress, perhaps presented at “Student Led conferences” and used to inform future learning plans. Best practice portfolios would integrate student goal setting, self-assessment and reflection on learning with the presentation of learning examples. Portfolios could also refer to expected student learning outcomes (AusVELS).
practitioner uses the evidence provided by the portfolio to reflect on the effectiveness
of their instruction and to make adjustments to their teaching practice.