Electronic Portfolio - Getting Started
If you've just learned about the electronic portfolio requirement for all SCSU undergraduate and graduate students, DON’T PANIC!The electronic portfolio is something everyone can complete. If you can save and attach a document to an email, you can develop an electronic portfolio.
All undergraduate and graduate students seeking special education licensure must complete an electronic portfolio that includes the items in the following table, which are projects completed both during courses and student teaching/practicum experiences. We recommend that you use eFolio Minnesota (http://efoliominnesota.com), a product of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities developed in partnership with state workforce and education organizations. Students must save designated projects in each course for inclusion in the portfolio. In addition, as part of course requirements, students must submit a link to their portfolio. Please put this on the title page of your project or at the top of the first page. This will not only document that you have completed this part of the portfolio, it will also ensure that you are keeping up with portfolio requirements as you progress through your coursework.
If you did not complete all your coursework at SCSU and do not have the specific assignments associated with a course, you are still required to document your knowledge and skills related to a particular portfolio item/component. The easiest way to do this is to produce actual documents from your present and past teaching experiences, being careful to protect confidentiality. It can also be accomplished by writing a short essay that indicates what you know and what you have done related to the topic. In addition, letters from supervisors and colleagues can also be used to provide specific documentation of the item/component
When you sign up you will have the opportunity (Step 3) to enter a code, use “scsusped”...by entering this code you will get the SCSU/SPED template.
This will make the job of creating the portfolio a little easier for you. You will have one web address to view and share you portfolio and another to login to your site to work on your porfolio.
Creating an Electronic Portfolio
1. Sign up for eFolio Minnesota:
- Go to http://efoliomn.com/ and click on Sign Up.
Minnesota residents or students will use https://signup.v2efoliomn.mnscu.edu
- Read the Welcome! text. Click Continue to move to the next screen.
- Read the Terms and Conditions… Click Continue to move to the next screen.
- Enter Sign Up Code… Click Continue to move to the next screen.
- Click the Student Profile… Click Continue to move to the next screen.
- Answer the question about your age (over 18?)… Click Continue to move to the next screen.
- Provide your SCSU email address… Click Continue to move to the next screen.
- Complete the Account Details by entering your information into each field. Click Continue to move to the next screen.
- Verify the details provided. Click the Save button.
- You may immediately log in to your eFolioMinnesota account by clicking the hyperlink text as displayed.
3. A successful login should take you to the Build view of your eFolio account.
4. Once you are in your eFolio site, you will see a basic layout of an electronic portfoio created for you.
5. To begin adding content or editing previous work in eFolio Version 2, return to main page (http://efoliomn.com/) and click on Online Support.
- Click on Overview of eFolio Version 2. This page provides a basic overview of the features and includes a useful video tutorial.
- It may be helpful to arrange your eFolio site alongside the video tutorial page so you can work with the features as they are presented.
- Your SCSU eFolio will have a minimum of five sections:
- Resume Section
- Standard A-Central Concepts, Tools or Inquiry, and History and Context
- Standard B-Referral, Assessment, Planning, and Placement Procedures
- Standard C-Program Planning, Developmentally Appropriate Instruction, Progress Evaluation, and Program Effectiveness Monitoring
- Standard D-Positive, Collaborative Relationships with Families and Other Professionals