Categories of ePortfolio tools

Currently, many e-portfolio tools and systems are available to support individuals and institutions in the quest for meaningful assessment.


Helen Barret (2007) developed a useful framework for grouping these tools and systems according to their affordances. Since then, new tools have been developed, therefore, or old ones developed new affordances. The aim of this blog post is to group tools and systems based on their current affordances in order to assist in the selection of an effective tool or system.

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  • Level of personal expression and creativity decreases to bottom of list.
  • Level of interactivity increases down the list



Offline authoring tools

Offline authoring tools can be used to author portfolios, but require web server space to be published. No interactivity. Tools that can be used to create offline portfolios are:

  • Mozilla SeaMonkey
  • Dreamweaver
  • Apple’s iWeb
  • nVu
  • Frontpage
  • Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint)
  • Leshare Pro
  • adobe acrobat
  • MovieMaker2
  • PhotoStory 3
  • iMovie (or any other video editing tools)


Static Web Services

Individuals and institutions can use the following tools to create and publish presentation portfolios. Little or no interactivity. Tools that can be used include:

  • eFolio Minnesota
  • Tripod
  • KEEP Toolkit (Merlot)
  • Weebly (incluedes blog)
  • Yola (includes blog)


Interactive Web services

These dynamic web services can be used to create and publish presentation portfolios. They allow interactivity. Tools that can be used include:

  • WordPress (blog) (reported high costs due to hacking)
  • Blogger
  • WikiSpaces
  • PBworks
  • GoogleDocs
  • Google Sites
  • ZOHO writer
  • Mobile tools (for collection and reflection)
  • foliospaces
  • Myeport
  • Zunal
  • Rcampus
  • Teacher portfolio


Software – server required

These systems can be hosted on own services to provide a space where e-portfolios can be created and published. They provide interactivity, but no data management systems. Data management systems allow the collection of evaluation data about e-portfolios and and can produce reports aggregating quantitative data.

  • Userland’s manilla
  • Mahara (self hosted)
  • Blackboard
  • Elgg
  • OSPI
  • ePearl (K12)
  • SPDS Moofolio (embedded in Moodle)
  • myStuff (UK)
  • Plone
  • Drupal
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Karuta (cannot login, help needed with installation)
  • dotFOLIO
  • Simple Portfolio (Moodle)
  • MyStuff (Moodle)
  • Exabis (Moodle)


Hosted services

These systems can be adopted (no server required) to host portfolios. Usually supports interactivity, but no data management or reporting services. Tools include:

  • myVentive’s iWebfolio
  • PubblePad (UK)
  • Epsilen (not available any more)
  • my eCoach
  • Google apps for education


Assessment systems (Hosted services)

These hosted services can be adopted (no server required) to host e-portfolios, facilitating interactivity and include data management and a reporting system for assessment. Tools include:


I will test a few of these systems during the course of this year. If possible, I will create examples based on theoretical perspectives on learning in higher education. As soon as one is ready, the title will change to a hyperlink in order to allow you to explore the example.

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