E-Portfolio: A Practical Tool for Self-Directed, Reflective, and Collaborative Professional Learning

  • Anna Liza Daunert
  • Linda Price
Part of the Professional and Practice-based Learning book series (PPBL, volume 9)


This chapter discusses the role of an e-portfolio in professional learning and development. We begin by providing a better understanding of the concept of a portfolio by discussing its meaning, purpose, and uses in different contexts as well as the role of technological innovations, which paves the way for new practices in developing portfolios. This is followed by a comprehensive discussion about the use of electronic portfolios in light of recent research in order to provide an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of using e-portfolios. Current research suggests that e-portfolios are practical tools for supporting self-directed and reflective learning. In addition, e-portfolios have the potential to support collaborative learning among learners who are interested in sharing their works and in gaining feedback. At the end of the chapter, we discuss an approach to designing professional learning and development plans, which serves as a guide for individuals who are interested in taking control of their own professional learning and development.


Professional Development Knowledge Management Instructional Design Professional Learning Learn Management System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Educational ScienceUniversity of PaderbornPaderbornGermany
  2. 2.Engineering FacultyLund UniversityLundSweden
  3. 3.Institute of Educational TechnologyOpen UniversityMilton KeynesUK

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