e-Portfolios in Education


On a recurrent basis, since 2004 the group has been interested in the study of the use and possibilities of e-portfolios or digital portfolios in formal educational processes, especially in complex educational contexts, both to facilitate student follow-up and to improve certain competences.

The object of the projects is to evaluate the application of an e-portfolio generator system in some university courses.

The general hypothesis of improvement is based on generic characteristics of e-portfolio, objectification and externalization of learning evidences; and on other characteristics of specific system design, like the simulation of evaluative dialog and the reusable organization of evidence (a kind of “evaluative objects”), among other factors of the design. In order to carry out the project an already existing portfolio generator is used (Carpeta Digital), which will be extended to cover the new needs required by this research, as well as the virtual campus of the University of Barcelona in some subjects and degree and postgraduate courses.

The system design and the organizational and interactive facilities that it brings will also be evaluated. The main purpose of the project is to obtain reliable information about the use of an IT tool (e-portfolio) in complex educational contexts (the EEES), allowing decisions to be taken about their generalized implementation, as well as achieving a better understanding of evaluation and learning processes through utilization over a period of the time.

For this project, "Carpeta Digital”. It is a system that generates digital portfolios that has been put into practice in various subjects at the University of Barcelona, since 2006, as in other universities:

  • Universidad Centroamericana de Managua (Nicaragua)
  • Universidad Católica de Temuco (Xile)
  • Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico)
  • Universidad Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)
  • Universidad de Vic (Spain).

Tutor: José Luis Rodríguez Illera