ePortfolios at Horizon

Educators and professionals have long used portfolios to assess what learners or practitioners can do. As a growing trend across multiple fields of education, ePortfolios are particularly salient in practical fields like medicine, architecture, and photography, and in pedagogical models like competency-based education.

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ePortfolios don’t just tell, they show.

At Horizon, students build their online portfolios (or ePortfolios) to showcase evidence of the critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills developed in the classroom and evidence their ability to transfer those skills into real-life ministry. Ministry employers can easily access student ePortfolios and view examples of their work, including statements of faith, sermon videos, financial plans, and so on.


ePortfolio Guide

Learn and Do

ePortfolios help students connect what they learn with what they can do.

In their first year, students evaluate the basic knowledge and transferable skills showcased in their ePortfolios. They also learn to revise their grammar and style to prepare for real-world writing tasks such as presenting themselves in a professional online environment. Throughout their programs, students receive one-on-one coaching and instructor guidance, with repeated opportunities to review and revise their thinking and writing.

As they progress, students are mentored to think critically about how their learning experiences contribute to their transferable knowledge, skill, and values development and why that formation is important for successful professional or ministry practice. By articulating such integrative thinking in their ePortfolios, students take responsibility for their own learning and develop as reflective practitioners as they connect their classroom learning to the next task, whether in or outside the classroom.

Scaffold Learning

ePortfolios scaffold the student learning experience.

Horizon also scaffolds students’ development of professional presentation skills. Students practice articulating their experience, skills, and character to a professional audience through composing résumés, cover letters, and CVs, practicing interview techniques, and developing a professional online profile.

Year 1

  • Professional Presentation Skills: Students practice résumé composition and basic online communication, and compile, organize, and introduce assignments that provide evidence of skill.
  • Grammar and Style Skills: Students study basic grammatical categories and revise writing from multiple courses with an instructor.
  • Metacognitive Skills: Students identify and articulate transferable skills from previous work, volunteer, and educational experiences.

Year 2

  • Professional Presentation Skills: Students practice cover letter composition, strategic online communication, and update evidence of skill achievement.
  • Grammar and Style Skills: Students identify and correct common sentence problems in their own writing.
  • Metacognitive Skills: Students identify and analyze prior and upcoming significant learning experiences in their studies and explain their development to an online audience.

Year 3

Year 3 adds the following to the ePortfolio project:

  • Professional Presentation Skills: Students learn the different purposes of résumés and CVs related to specific ministry positions, practice narrative strategies in online communication, and update evidence of skill achievement.
  • Metacognitive Skills: Students explain why what they have learned matters for each area of competency: Spiritual Maturity, Leadership and Administration, Contextual Awareness, Biblical and Theological Literacy, Skilled Communication, and Ministry Development.

Final Year

The Integrative Seminar with Portfolio (ISP) adds the following to the ePortfolio project’s final year:

  • Professional Presentation Skills: Students compose a CV, practice for interviews,and apply metaphor strategies in online communication.
  • Grammar and Style: Students identify and practice elements of effective style.
  • Metacognitive Skills: Students identify and analyze primary evidence of significant learning experiences in their studies, evaluate how skills learned could be transferred to employment or ministry contexts, and anticipate how they will continue to learn as reflective practitioners in ministry. Students study metaphorical reflection as a method for determining, achieving, and continuing professional development goals, and identify the value of each area of competency for successful ministry in the area of their degree.

Examples of Horizon’s Student ePortfolios

Portfolium Profiles

Portfolium is a digital portfolio and social networking platform for students and alumni of Horizon College & Seminary.