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Database e-portfolio systems: A critical appraisal

Computers and Composition Volume 22, Number 4 ISSN 8755-4615 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


This article surveys trends in the e-portfolio boom, relating the development of database portfolio systems to portfolio pedagogy. As the market for enterprise-level database systems has grown, portfolio has spread to become a term used to describe systems from assessment initiatives to institutional portals to academic records management tools. After examining materials and demonstration sites, I found that despite sometimes hyperbolic marketing, database portfolio systems have a troubling and mixed relationship to portfolio pedagogy.The article first discusses central concepts—not of portfolios per se, but of portfolio pedagogy. The article then surveys the development of the boom in enterprise database systems and chronicles prominent trends in those systems. Finally, the article makes critical recommendations for realigning database portfolio systems with portfolio pedagogy, and calls for greater involvement of computers and writing scholars in the development of database portfolios.


Kimball, M. Database e-portfolio systems: A critical appraisal. Computers and Composition, 22(4), 434-458. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved February 3, 2023 from .

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