Purposes of ePortfolios
"The Blind Men and the Elephant" by John Godfrey Saxe
There are multiple purposes for ePortfolios, which has led to a lot of confusion. It reminds me of the famous poem of the six blind men from India touching an elephant. Each man touched a different part of the elephant and, not seeing the big picture, described the animal as a snake or a spear or a fan, etc. The same can be said for ePortfolios, as shown in the picture on the right. There is no one type of ePortfolio. A portfolio can be created for each of those purposes.