What Is a Digital Electronic Portfolio in Teacher Education? A Case Study of Instructors’ and Students’ Enabling Insights on the Electronic Portfolio Process | Qu'est-ce qu'un portfolio numérique dans la formation des enseignants? Étude de cas sur les perspectives d’enseignants et d’étudiants concernant le processus du portfolio numérique.


  • Timothy Frank Hopper University of Victoria
  • Hong Fu University of Victoria
  • Katherine Sanford University of Victoria
  • David Monk University of Victoria




ePortfolio, digital portfolio, complexity theory, constructivism


Professional programs in postsecondary education have long been using electronic portfolios (ePs) for diverse purposes, for example, assessment, certification, showcasing, and learning. However, in our practices of using ePs in teacher education for the past several years, we have found that the question of “what is an eP?” requires substantial unpacking. This paper will offer insights on our evolving understanding on ePs in teacher education based on three interacting areas: (a) rich media reframing how we understand professional learning in a digitally linked world; (b) literature from the last 10 years in the use of ePs; and (c) insights from instructors and students using an eP process in one term of a teacher education program. We conclude with a re-visioning of learning in teacher education in relation to the emerging practices enabled by an eP process.

Les programmes professionnels d’éducation supérieure utilisent depuis longtemps des portfolios numériques à des fins diverses, comme l’évaluation, la certification, la mise en valeur et l’apprentissage. Cependant, notre expérience des dernières années relative à l’utilisation des portfolios numériques dans la formation des enseignants révèle que la définition du portfolio numérique nécessite un examen approfondi. Le présent article offre un aperçu de notre conception, toujours en évolution, des portfolios numériques dans la formation des enseignants, basée sur trois domaines en interaction: (a) des contenus médiatiques riches qui restructurent la manière dont nous comprenons l’apprentissage professionnel dans un monde interconnecté par le numérique; (b) la littérature des dix dernières années sur l'utilisation des portfolios numériques; et (c) les perspectives d’instructeurs et d’étudiants ayant utilisé des portfolios numériques durant un trimestre d'un programme de formation des enseignants. En conclusion, nous réimaginons l'apprentissage dans la formation des enseignants en tenant compte des pratiques émergentes rendues possibles par les portfolios numériques.

Author Biography

Timothy Frank Hopper, University of Victoria

Dr. Tim Hopper is an associate professor in the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education, Faculty of Education. His scholarly work focuses on teacher education, physical education and complexity theory. He is currently involved in SSHRC funded research grants (1) Electronic-portfolio development in professional programs.


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