Introducing Digital Portfolios (Post Primary) (online)

This course provides an introduction to how digital portfolios can be used in the classroom to enhance teaching, learning and assessment. It looks at the benefits, features and purpose of digital portfolio systems and shows examples of how teachers in Ireland are using them. It will introduce you to the digital portfolio process that underpins their use and show you how they can be used for formative and summative assessment.

Duration1.5 hours
Skill LevelBasic
Target AudiencePost primary teachers who are considering or planning to use digital portfolios in their classroom.
PrerequisitesBasic ICT skills. Participants should have experience of carrying out basic ICT tasks (opening, editing, saving, closing files) and be proficient in using an Internet browser.

Online course availability, requirements and access

The course is delivered via First, check the Course Schedule for information on available dates. Enrolment links appear on once the course is open for enrolment (login first, then see the link labelled “Find links to enrol, here”).

Technical Requirements: A good broadband internet connection and a laptop, desktop pc or tablet (with the latest version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari installed).

Course Aim

This course aims to equip post primary teachers with the essential knowledge of the purpose and function of digital portfolios in advance of adopting and implementing a digital portfolio into classroom practice.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Give an overview of how digital portfolios can be used in teaching and learning
  • Describe the storage, workspace and showcase functions of digital portfolios
  • Outline the benefits of using digital portfolios for teaching, learning and assessment
  • Identify the stages in the digital portfolio process model
  • Describe how digital portfolios can be used to support formative assessment
  • Describe how digital portfolios can be used to support summative assessment
  • Explain the consequences of introducing digital portfolio for the role of the teachers and students.

Course Content

The course content includes:

  • An introduction to digital portfolios for teachers
  • Descriptions of the benefits and functions of digital portfolios
  • An outline of the digital portfolio process model
  • Videos demonstrating how teachers in Ireland are using digital portfolios to enhance teaching, learning, and assessment
  • An overview of how digital portfolios impact on the role of teachers and pupils.