Creating digital portfolios for reflective learning

Molly Davis, Amy Lewis, Terri Ann Guingab

Session Information

Year: 2016 | Time: 10:30am-11:10am | Location: Innovation Hall (Room 208)


This session will showcase reflective learning through the creation of digital portfolios. The integrative nature of portfolios allows students to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and developmental progress toward becoming a professional in their field. Guiding inquiry throughout the development of digital portfolios gives “voice to each artifact” and creates a teaching-learning environment supportive of “action research” (Johnson, Mims-Cox, & Doyle-Nichols, 2006, p. 55).

In this session, e-portfolio models that encourage reflection will be highlighted with separately established examples from the INTO Mason International Graduate Pathways Program and the Department of Social Work. Strengths and challenges discovered in the promotion of greater skills and reflection in students will be discussed.  Portfolio tools available both within and outside of Mason will be described, along with best practices for integrating reflective learning through portfolios in a variety of disciplines.

Johnson, R. S., Mims-Cox, J. S., & Doyle-Nichols, A. (2006). Developing portfolios in education: A guide to reflection, inquiry, and assessment. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications.



teaching online; digital tools; service learning; creativity; student writing; reflective practice; digital pedagogy


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