Portfolio-Based Learning Brief

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Education, nursing, and the arts have a rich tradition of portfolio-based learning, and the concept has been gaining traction among other disciplines. Portfolio projects that allow students to display their work to their own taste have been associated with increased student engagement, and the portfolio itself provides an opportunity for competency-based, authentic assessment. In this brief, gain insight on institutional approaches to portfolio-based learning, things to consider when evaluating solutions, representative vendors, and more.


  • Vendors in Focus: Anthology, Avenet, Cengage, Digication, Drupal, Foliotek, Instructure, Mahara, Omeka, PebblePad, Sibme, Watermark, WordPress
  • Software Category in Focus: Portfolio Solutions
  • Author: Laura Gogia, Research Director, Learning Technologies and Student Success, The Tambellini Group
  • Research Availability: December 2020

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