An ePortfolio is a powerful bridge between academic and professional development as it can present evidence of your academic work, career goals, and personal interests. In a web-based portfolio, you can display a wide range of your work and achievements and easily share with others worldwide.
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- Finding Help
- ePortfolio Process
- Building an Entry
- Intellectual Property
- Finding Images
- Sharing Your ePortfolio
Getting Help with your ePortfolio
- Log in to Portfolium (This will navigate to Portfolium's log-in page. Choose "SFSU Login")
- Portofolium User Guides (This will navigate to a list of help documents covering topics from our workshops)
- Portfolium Customer Support for technical questions or problems regarding your Portfolium account.
The ePortfolio team has created a self-starter guide to help students navigate the basic functions of the Portfolium site and to build a strong ePortfolio. If you find any broken links or errors, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ePortfolio Process
Your academic ePortfolio is a learning process — a way to make meaningful connections to your work throughout the time you are studying, creating assignments and projects in your progroam of study. The earlier you start a portfolio in your academic career, the better! This cycle, or process, can be repeated within each entry as you revise your content, or across the ePortfolio.
- Define the purpose of your ePortfolio and how it relates to your goals. How does it connect in class, in your program of study, or bridge to your career?
- Decide on your audience. Who will see your ePortfolio? Professors, peers, future internships or employers?
- Select content that will convey your purpose to your audience. What key assignments or projects demonstrate your learning?
- Work with your instructor(s) in deciding which signature assignments, attachments, images, and media best represent your successes in your program.
- Make connections between your ePortfolio entries. How are you demonstrating your skills and competencies accross your assignments and projects?
- Relate your entries to your real world experiences. What is the relevance of your work to larger contexts in your life or the world?
- Assess your own learning. What does your ePortfolio show you about what you've gained from your work and achievments?
- Share your work with your audience. Gain valuable feedback from peers and instructors.
- Showcase your accomplishments and your professional identity.
- Use your ePortfolio to build a valuable network that will help foster your goals.
Tips for Building a Dynamic Entry
Follow these tips to create an entry that will clearly communicate the content of your work or project to your audience.
- Add a relevant, engaging photo that represents your assignment or project.
- Tag skills or competencies that contributed to your project's success.
- Attach your artifacts PDF, documents, presentations, videos etc.
- Add a description to your entry that includes relevant information to your topic such as:
- A brief summary of the project, paper(s), artifact(s) you're uploading.
- Why this topic was chosen/why it is important to you.
- Describe how this relates to your studies/goals.
- Describe what you learned from assignment, paper or project you are showcasing.
Intellectual Property, Academic Integrity and Your ePortfolio
Your ePortfolio is an online platform where you can professionally connect with your peers, instructors and potential employers. Students retain ownership of their ePortfolio content and in creating ePortfolio content are indicating that the work they are displaying is their own and not deliberately copied or plagiarized from other individiuals. Below is our best practice guide on academic integrity for your ePorfolio.
- Cite your sources whether it be images, links to online content, or articles.
- Choose sources that are reputable and reliable. Work with your instructor(s) to differentiate between scholarly sources and unverifiable sources.
- Upload your original work in PDFs to help protect your work from being taken.
- Consult the SF State Office of Student Conduct page on Academic Dishonesty to understand university policies.
- Consult the SF state Office of Student Conduct page on Plagiarism to learn more about plagiarism.
- APA Citation Guide from Purdue OWL
Using Images in your ePortfolio
Images can make your ePortfolio more dynamic and appealing to your audience. However, it is important to follow the academic integrity guidelines from above. If you are not using images that you own, it is important to use images responsibly and give proper attribution to the source. Below are some resources to help you use images in your ePortfolio.
Stock Images and Creative Commons Licensing
There are many ways to find free open source images online to use in your ePortfolio. Some sites have a variety of photos that are free to use or modify, while others may cost money to use. Always be sure to read the website's requirments for copyright and usage before you use the photo. Here are a few sources that many students have found helpful:
- Wikimedia Commons
- Creative Commons Search
- SF State Campus Images
- National Gallery of Art
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Foeter Blog: How to Attribute Creative Commons Photos
Sharing Your ePortfolio
You can share your ePortfolio and select entries whether it is public or private.
To share a PUBLIC ePortfolio
- Check your privacy settings in your ePortfolio and your entries and make sure they are all set to public or "everyone"(see above links).
- Use this help document to customize and find and share your ePortfolio URL if it is PUBLIC.
To share a PRIVATE ePortfolio
- Make sure the entries you want your viewer to see are made public. Note that public entries are still private when your ePortfolio profile is set to private.
- Copy the special bypass URL that appears beneath your privacy settings and send to your chosen audience.
To share an entry
- Open the entry you wish to share.
- If the entry is PUBLIC, copy the URL from your browser and share with your chosen audience.
- If the entry is PRIVATE, click the "edit" icon at the top of the entry.
- Skip to the Settings section and grab the special bypass URL that appears beneath your entry's privacy setting.