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May 30, 2017

What is in an ePortfolio?

The use of ePortfolios in the education setting has risen significantly in the last few years. As a way to showcase skills, competencies, and completed work, ePortfolios offer a deeper look into an individual’s education and work history than a traditional resume ever could. The electronic format of an ePorfolio not only makes it simple to create and continuously update, but its digital presence also makes for an easier, more efficient way to search for certain skills among a large student population. While some think ePortfolios are designed for those who have highly visual pieces of work to display online, there are countless items which can be placed in a student’s digital portfolio for the world to see.

 

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Presenting the Best of the Best

An ePortfolio should highlight the best of what someone has accomplished, both in and out of the classroom, but this doesn’t mean that every little thing needs to be included. Adding work experience, completed coursework, and individual or group projects is helpful in providing viewers an idea of what can be or has been done based on evidence-based additions to an ePortfolio, and these snippets of work should offer a well-rounded view of what the creator of the portfolio is capable of. To ensure that’s being portrayed through an ePortfolio, start by considering the categories of both academic and professional accomplishments. From there, pull the best of the best in each category. For instance, strong ePortfolios include some if not all of the following details:

Academic and Professional Skills and Experience

  • Samples of work from class assignments, research projects, or group work
  • Technical skills in practice, like developing a web site or database, or planning an event
  • Samples of writing
  • Job or internship work samples
  • Soft skills evidence, such as leadership, communication, or conflict resolution
  • Development activities like attending a workshop or conference
  • Degrees, honors, certifications or licenses earned
  • Awards received
  • Digital badges earned

Personal Activities and Interests

  • Volunteer work and community service
  • Travel experiences
  • Leadership role held in community or professional organizations
  • Self-taught learning
  • Learned languages
  • Public speaking experiences

In addition to these common skills and experiences, an ePortfolio also includes a brief mission statement, either personal or professional, as well as items that one would normally list on a resume. Courses and descriptions, job experiences, and education are all included, but in a way that is visual as opposed to simply text. Individuals who use ePortfolios may also include direct links to personal blogs or social media profiles to give others a quick and easy way to learn more about their unique personality. Using an ePortfolio instead of a stagnant resume offers a much higher degree of understanding of the skills, competencies, and abilities students have in their educational, professional, and personal lives.

 

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