Student Success Blog For Educators


July 09, 2015

E-Portfolios 101

If you're a recruiter or a hiring manager, there's a resource perhaps as fundamental to recruiting as the resume or LinkedIn profile, but potentially more helpful than both: The e-portfolio.


E-portfolio Definition

An e-portfolio is a purposeful aggregation of digital items – ideas, evidence, reflections, feedback etc, which ‘presents’ a selected audience with evidence of a person’s learning and/or ability.



Background & History

E-portfolios got their start in academia, as colleges and universities sought to provide students with more effective ways of reflecting upon and curating evidence of their skills. Historically, some of the specific applications of e-portfolios have included:

  • Application – presenting evidence in support of admission to further study or for job applications
  • Transition – providing a richer and more immediate picture of the learner’s environment and supporting them through the process of transition
  • Assessment – supporting the process of learning through reflection, discussion and formative assessment, and providing evidence for summative assessment
  • Personal Development Planning (PDP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) – supporting and evidencing the pursuit and achievement of personal or professional competences

Recruiter Advantage: See the Whole Candidate

What an e-portfolio provides that a resume doesn't is a visual story about who a person is, by bringing personal qualities, experiences, and work samples to life in images, video, and other formats that transcend written words.

Recruiter Advantage: Get Proof of Skills, Not Lists of Skills

In addition to painting a broader picture of a candidate, e-portfolios allow recruiters to dig deeper into capabilities. The term "clickable credentials" has been used to describe a link between a skill like "HTML," or a tool like "Adobe Photoshop," and actual evidence of the tool or skill.


Incorporating E-portfolios Into Your Hiring Process

There are various places in the hiring process where e-portfolios can add significant value in both speeding up the recruiting cycle, and yielding higher quality hiring decisions.

Stay tuned to future posts where we will delve into how to leverage e-portfolios throughout the recruiting funnel, including the sourcing, screening, and interviewing stages.


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