WS9: Managing your Digital Academic Identity with ePortfolios


Daniela Gachago and Sonwabo Jongile, Centre for Innovative Educational Technology and Candice Livingston, Faculty of Education

Date and Venue: 

10th of October 2019, 13.00-15,00, Centre for eLearning, D6 campus

17th of October 2019, 13.00-15,0, lab 3.07, IT centre, Bellville

Workshop description:

Connecting and engaging with fellow academics online using social media has become an important part of an academic’s research practice. Academic reputations today can be considerably enhanced by developing an online profile or ‘academic digital identity’, broadening the reach of your research beyond conventional publishing channels or conference attendance. Academic social networking sites such as or are important platforms to increase one’s academic visibility. Platforms such as the Conversation allow you to reach a broader public and increase you research impact. An important tool to manage your digital acadmic identity is an e-Portfolio.

Electronic Portfolios (e-Portfolios) are increasingly being considered in higher education (in particular professional degrees such as teacher education) to enable student teachers to reflect in, on and about practice in a structured way and demonstrate their growth and development as professionals. ePortfolios have multiple purposes for teaching staff and students alike (e.g. showcasing, learning, assessment, promotion). This seminar will consider the development opportunities that ePortfolios (as both a technology and an approach) can offer for: 1) teaching staff; and 2) learning opportunities with students.

For teaching staff: e-Portfolios for teaching staff demonstrate teacher passion for their teaching career and bring evidence of your teaching philosophy and your teaching practice. An important part of e-Portfolio pedagogy is the reflective component, one of the critical parts of student learning, or learning in general. As CPUT is embracing paperless practices, teaching and learning philosophies/portfolios for ad hominem promotion or the TDP will soon go online as well.

For student development: e-Portfolios are being used more and more widely to promote student reflection, assessment and presentation in innovative ways. Providing students with the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge and skills paves the way for reflective practices by which experiences are turned into learning.

We will locate ourselves and interests in relation to a spectrum of broad uses of e-Portfolios, followed by more targeted considerations: What do I need to think about when choosing a tool to create an ePortfolio for myself or to use with students? What are some of the things to think about before starting? We will use Google Sites as an easy to use, freely available online platform to create ePortfolios.

 If you are interested please book your place using our online booking system the following link. We look forward to engaging with you in this workshop.

For more questions please contact Sonwabo Jongile at

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