Student Capstone

Electronic Portfolios

ePortfolio Info for Students

Our goal is to support all students in creating a robust and meaningful ePortfolio.

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To learn more about how to create your ePortfolio, please reference the information below. For additional questions, please reach out to SON-EP-Support@URMC.Rochester.edu.

Components Support


Key Components of an ePortfolio

ePortfolios combine three of these important elements of learning:

  1. online technology for which students can engage
  2. artifacts selected by students that document their learning
  3. reflection to contextual and synthesize those experiences into a meaningful framework that reflects the personal growth and learning that was achieved during the academic program

Each ePortfolio at the UR School of Nursing will have the following four components in which you will document and reflect upon:


This section will contain an introduction to you, your academic and/or career goals and can be modified as you progress through your program. Included in this section should be a biosketch, goals, resume, and personal statement that was submitted upon initial application to the academic program. Artifacts that can also be submitted in this section include your:

  • resume, including evidence of professional activities such as certifications
  • degree plan
  • photo
  • DISC assessment
  • teaching philosophy
  • leadership philosophy, etc.

Reflection is a critical part of any academic learning portfolio as it is useful in adding to and elaborating on the artifacts that you have already submitted. Reflection allows you to present certain ideas that may be missing from your other artifacts, as well as any thoughts that you have that reflect not only what you learned, but how you learned and most importantly, your thinking about your learning.

This section of the ePortfolio offers an opportunity over the length of your academic program to reflect on and make connections across their experiences and to explain the meaning and significance of those experiences to a professional audience.

Artifacts that can be submitted include your personal reflections from assignments, assessments, co-curricular activities, observations, attendance at staff development activities, conferences attending or end-of-course reflections.

You can reflect upon your curricular and co-curricular experiences by using any of the four types of writing associated with reflection:

  1. Descriptive writing: description of events without the purpose of giving reasons or justifications;
  2. Descriptive reflection: presents the reason or a justification following descriptive writing;
  3. Dialogue reflection: “stepping back” and evaluating/or criticizing the events with alternative suggestions;
  4. Critical reflection: involves moral and ethical criteria with awareness of the social, historical or political context of the events/actions. Ayan & Seferoglu’s (2010) study revealed

Artifacts that can be submitted in this section include signature assignments and any other course assignments such as student teaching work evaluations, guest lecture evaluations, projects, tests, writing assignments, presentations.

Artifacts that can be submitted in this section can include evidence of learning from any out-of-class activity throughout your program, such as attendance at conferences, professional development activities, work-related activities that support learning that occurred during a course or academic experience, volunteer experience.

Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

Please be aware of the artifact submission timeframes:

  • Fall semester submission due date: Before January 1
  • Spring semester submission due date: Before June 1
  • Summer semester submission due date: Before September 1
ePortfolio Student Upload Requirements

Student ePortfolio’s will be reviewed at regular intervals throughout an academic program by program faculty. Feedback is given to students by this reviewing team, as well as by individual course faculty, all designed to help students become successful nurses, practitioners, educators, researchers and leaders.

Resources & Support

Best Practices

  • Artifacts — Artifacts are a critical aspect of your learning portfolio. An artifact is anything that can provide evidence of your education and experiences. This will likely be primarily coursework, including tests, essays, projects, writing assignments, presentations, or anything else assigned to you in a course. For co-curricular experiences, you will likely include more media-driven artifacts, such as video and photographs, description of experiences outside of class time, volunteer activities, leadership or student teaching observations, etc. Your personal reflections on your learning will also be used as an artifact.

  • Having a portfolio emphasis or focus — While the comprehensive ePortfolio at the University of Rochester School of Nursing allows you to demonstrate your learning in each course and across courses in your academic program, it may be more prudent to tailor your portfolio so that it better represents your pursuits. For example, if you are pursuing education, you may want to include more artifacts from your education courses. Remember that you can set yourself apart from other students if you include artifacts that show your unique approach to education.

  • Progression — While not required, you may wish to demonstrate your progress over time by including artifacts that show your ability and motivation to learn a certain subject. This can be progress within one class or experience, or it can be over a variety of classes and experiences that cover a certain subject or theme.

  • Remembering Variety — We recommend that you consider using a variety of artifact types within your portfolio. Many students will limit their portfolios to essays or writing assignments, for example. Including only one type of artifact shows only part of your capability as a student. For example, you could include a video from a public speaking or performance-based course or a PowerPoint that you created for an in-class presentation — be creative!

  • Digital Storytelling — Digital storytelling is a form of communication that allows you to create narratives using multiple forms of media (photographs, audio, video, etc.) to cover a certain subject or experience. You might consider using digital storytelling in addition to your other artifacts, as it allows you to present a lot of information in a short period and makes the experience more compelling for the audience. This could prove especially useful for co-curricular artifacts, especially if you finding yourself lacking in quantity. It can also be used as a broad reflection piece, which in turn can be used an artifact.

Other Tips for Success
  • Carefully review this website and all four parts of the ePortfolio early in your program of study.

  • Save electronic copies of all course syllabi, course assignments, and discussion contributions in file folders named by the course number and title.

  • Familiarize yourself with the various competencies you are working to achieve as part of your graduate program (i.e., Master’s Essentials, Program Outcomes, QSEN Competencies, NLN Nurse Educator Core Competencies).

  • At the beginning of each course, review the syllabus and reflect/write about what you hope to get out of that course and what you hope to learn. This provides students with a rich start to reflection on their work in each course.

  • Identify the signature assignments that have been identified in each course that will assist you in achieving marks of competence that the program and also support the Learning Outcomes of your graduate program (PLO’s).

  • Keep notes, to use when developing reflections, of major assignments or discussions that were particularly meaningful to you from each course and link that to a competency it helped you achieve. Some students have found it useful to make notes at the end of each course for use when they put their portfolio together.

  • Scan copies of continuing education, certifications, and professional membership so that you are able to upload these documents in the Co-curricular Activity section of your portfolio (think about a logical nomenclature to use for these documents so that they are easy for you to find and upload from your computer files).

  • Schedule time each month to dedicate to professional portfolio development. You can upload documents on your own or you can work with the student support specialist for your program.

  • Attend the monthly virtual or in person student support meeting times with your student support specialist.

  • Ask your program/specialty director or any course faculty any questions you may have as you progress in your professional portfolio work.

Avoid waiting until the due date to submit artifacts for your portfolio!