How to Develop ePortfolios for Vels in Secondary Schools

Victorian Essential Learning Standards are implemented by community school boards throughout Australia to promote education. The VELS technique focuses on three stages of learning, from primary to multifaceted education. VELS begins in kindergarten and continues until a child reaches ten years old. These standards emphasize basic reading, writing and arithmetic and expand to incorporating a child’s own thoughts and perspectives into the learning process. Creating an ePortfolio for VELS in secondary schools is accomplished through several essential steps.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Data


    • 1

      Write the title of the secondary course at the top of the page. The title should be highlighted in bold and centered at top.

    • 2

      Create a subtitle heading for “Course Content and Topics.” List the course outline and objectives below this title. Use clear and concise language. The outline and objectives should offer a broad overview of the content and topics the course intends to cover. Align the title, outline and objectives in the left hand margin.

    • 3

      Create a subtitle heading for “VELS Domains and Dimensions.” List specific activities in which the students will participate and teaching methods for these activities. The domains and dimensions should offer a broad overview of the work that will be completed in class in conjunction with VELS standards. These standards are outlined on the official Victorian Essentials Learning Standards website. Align the title, activities and teaching methods in the left hand margin.

    • 4

      Create a subtitle for “Assessments.” Note specific academic assessment methods – including examinations, quizzes and term papers – that must be completed by students before the end of the course. Align the title and list of assessments in the left hand margin. Repeat steps two through four for additional courses.

    • 5

      Save the text document to your computer. Save the document as a read-only PDF file as well. The PDF file will act as the basis for the ePortfolio.

    • 6

      Collect student work throughout the semester related to the course, or courses, at hand. Copy and scan the work onto your computer.

    • 7

      Select three to five examples of superlative works completed by students. Add these selections to your ePortfolio as demonstrations of the success of the course. Selections should include a broad range of learning examples collected over the term of study. For example, if the title of the course is "Social Studies" and the subtitle heading is "The Culture and Politics of the United States," you might include: a visual art collage, arranged by a student, depicting American culture; a colored map of the United States; a short narrative about a family in the US; and/or a nonfiction essay about a US president.

    • 8

      Organize the ePortfolio by dedicating a single page per example of work. Include the title and the author of the work at the top of the page and the objective the student met in completing the work. Add captions and notations below the work, as necessary.

    • 9

      Upload the ePortfolio to any specified teaching website, school database or email it as is necessary for subsequent students, parents and educators to view.

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