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The ePortfolio California Project, with the commitment and high level of participation from 23 pilot sites, has successfully completed its first phase. The pilot’s next phase will focus on evaluation and research.

ePortfolio California is a service of the K-20 California Educational Technology Collaborative (K20CETC), the innovation arm of the California Virtual Campus (CVC) at Butte College, and is funded by a grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO).

The project explores ways to develop an electronic portfolio (ePortfolio) service with a fiscal and technical model that supports a statewide, scalable and sustainable service for California educational institutions. ePortfolios are applications that support online collections of multimedia artifacts that students may use to learn and demonstrate learning, faculty may use to assess student learning or to showcase their own achievements for tenure review and institutions may use for self-study and accreditation processes.

The first phase of the project involved recruiting a small set of intersegmental educational institutions serving as ePortfolio California pilot sites. Participant sites included schools from K-12, Community Colleges, California State Universities and University of California.

Multiple ePortfolio applications were tested and subscription licenses were offered at negotiated prices for the duration of the pilot. Ongoing implementation support included face-to-face trainings, online webinars and the creation of online resources. Thanks to the hard work of John Whitmer and Una Daly, the pilot sites are trained and prepared for the next phase of the project. ePortfolio California Project phase I accomplishments include greater understanding in the following areas:

  • the rubrics for evaluating ePortfolio tools and service providers.
  • the requirements for implementing and managing this technology.
  • the ways in which ePortfolios can be applied, ranging from student evaluation to project-based resumes for employment.

The overall purpose of the project is to understand the “value-added” role that the CCCCO can play in bringing this emerging technology to Californians, and experience in this first phase of the project clarified that facilitating licensing was not a value-added service of the CVC and in fact, adds time and expense that could otherwise be put towards supporting the project and pilots in more helpful ways.

For phase II, the ePortfolio California Project will emphasize the following elements:

  • defining a core suite of services that add value for California schools and colleges.
  • working with Stanford University to develop an educational research base and promote sharing of research with the broader education research community.
  • playing a leadership role in the international effort to define key ePortfolio features such as interoperability, portability and software design standards.
  • scanning the market for emerging ePortfolio applications.
  • playing a leadership role in the deployment of ePortfolios and the effective practices that improve teaching and learning through the use of this tool.
  • fostering, facilitating and supporting a vibrant community of practice that will serve as an example of collaboration at its best: educators sharing best practices, dialogue and resources that help or improve teaching and learning for our students’ education and future careers.

The continued participation of pilot sites and all the ePortfolio California membership is important to the success of this project and the team values your time, experiences, feedback, and suggestions moving forward. The new team includes Vicki Suter, Director of the CVC; Patty Donohue, Program Manager; John Ittelson, Director of Instructional Technologies, K20CETC; and Kathleen Willbanks, Program Manager. If you have any questions or would like more information about the ePortfolio California Project, please contact one of the ePortfolio California team members. <>

ePortfolio California Project Team
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ePortfolio California by the numbers, 2009

  • Number of educational segments involved: 4 (K-12, Community Colleges, California State Universities, and University of California)
  • Number of courses: 50
  • Participating sites: 23
  • Licenses in use: 3127
  • Onsite training sessions: 23
  • Webinars: 10