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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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.
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".
- You can share the URL of a PUBLIC eportfolio by copying it from your address bar.
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. This help document shows how to make your account 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.