Strategies for Creating an Effective ePortfolio
The creation of an effective ePortfolio can be done through a four-step process that includes collection, selection, reflection, and connection.
Collect. The creation of an ePortfolio starts with the collection of evidence of your learning experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. This may include papers, presentations, leadership and peer mentoring projects, study abroad programs, multimedia objects, sports and team building activities, and any other experiences that showcase who you are, who you are becoming, and who you hope to be after graduation.
Select. Start with the end goal and purpose for your ePortfolio. Even when an ePortfolio is required by a course or program, you can use it for professional or personal purposes. An ePortfolio is an also an excellent tool to build a strong online presence. Depending on your goal, you will select work that highlights the skills and abilities that are most important for your goals. Some examples of this are:
- An ePortfolio geared toward a job or internship (professional ePortfolio) could include evidence of hard skills, such as data analysis and subject matter expertise. It can also include soft skills such as creativity, collaboration, and communication.
- For a class, you may be asked to upload your coursework. Make sure you follow your instructor’s directions related to each assignment. If you need assistance, our ePortfolio team is available.
- For graduate school applications, your may want your ePortfolio to demonstrate previous coursework, research projects, experiential learning, internships, and standardized test scores. Having an ePortfolio will make your application stronger.
- Helpful Tip: You control who sees your content and when it should be displayed. Work that doesn’t align with your goals can be set to a “private entry.”
Reflect. Think about how your work and your ePortfolio represent your experiences, goals, and interests. For each entry make sure you answer these questions: What? So what? Now what?
Connect. The advantage of having an ePortfolio is the ability to connect with classmates, colleagues, experts in your field, and to foster interdisciplinary collaborations globally.
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