Who Owns the ePortfolio?

Who owns the ePortfolio, the teacher or the student?  After reading Dr. Harapnuik’s article, Who Owns the ePortfolio, I believe I was able to answer this question. Ideally, the owner of the ePortfolio should be the student.  I feel that the struggle or issue with the topic of ePortfolios is that when the student or learner is told what to do, it completely hinders their sense of ownership and freedom.  By being told what to add to the ePortfolio, I feel the ownership gets taken away from the learner. As Dr. Harapnuik stated in this article, by the students or learners focusing on the assignments they aren’t making the meaningful connections.  How do I foresee this being an issue?  If there isn’t a true meaningful connection, will the student take continue with the ePortfolio after the fact?  Will they take ownership of the ePortfolio?

The article, Do I own My Own If You Grade It, brought up an interesting point ownership.  In order to have growth mindset and follow the COVA approach, don’t we as learners, want to be challenged and have our own voice?  By students being laser-focused on the assignment and collecting information for the ePortfolio, it’s no longer the learner’s idea.  To add onto that, if the ownership is not present, what happens to reflecting?  As a student, it should be a goal to be a lifelong learner.  Without the reflection piece, that goal in nonexistent.  

When thinking about modeling, in regards to the Eportfolio, I feel it really made me think.  In order to foster the COVA approach and growth mindset, where do we draw the line with modeling?  I think that this was a tough one for me to determine.  Dr. Harapnuik stated, ” Educators need to realize that we if expect to maintain any level of credibility and respect with our students we can only ask our students to do things we are willing to do ourselves” (Harapnuik, 2015) .  I do agree with that statement and believe that would be the extent of the modeling to foster the growth mindset.  Before getting into this program, I NEEDED examples.  I was definitely the one that clung to examples, directions and specific rubrics.  After reading about the growth mindset and going through my first course, I realized I would not be getting that.  This need for specifics has been the biggest transition for me.   I believe that there is a fine line between modeling, to benefits a student’s ownership and voice, and give an assignment and an example of how it “should” be done.  


Harapnuik, D. (2015, September 23). Who Owns an ePortfolio. Retrieved September 16, 2018,  from http://www.harapnuik.org/?page_id=6050

Rikard, A. (n.d.). Do I Own My Domain If You Grade It? (EdSurge News). Retrieved September 8, 2015, from https://www.edsurge.com/news/2015-08-10-do-i-own-my-domain-if-you-grade-it

Supporting students’ ePortfolio process in Higher Education.  Retrieved from https://unlimited.hamk.fi/ammatillinen-osaaminen-ja-opetus/supporting-students-eportfolio-process-in-higher-education/

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