E-Portfolios

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Think

Work

An attractive, well-written resume always stands out to employers. By putting your resume online, you have flexibility in formatting and adding interesting features. You can showcase your “artifacts” (coursework, projects, artwork, written samples, and web design) and impress potential employers.

Many UBC classes and programs require students to create an e-portfolio as part of their coursework. The following resources offer a place to start:

Think before you ink
And a few basics to remember when setting up your portfolio:

  • Use a dedicated email address so people can contact you, but do not share your phone number, mailing address or any other private information.
  • Ask for permission and include the statement “Used with permission” for:
    • any material that you you didn’t create yourself (ask the creator, via email or snail mail)
    • material you created for a third party, for example, a website for a charity. (ask the third party)
    • material you created with someone else, for example, a group project. (ask the other people)
  • Keep the permission-granting letters and/or e-mails.
  • Consider the parts of your portfolio that you want to share or keep private and set permissions accordingly.
  • Be findable if you intend to use this to build your digital identity, contribute to a professional network or share your work.

Discuss

The Digital Tattoo Project encourages critical discussion on topics surrounding digital citizenship and online identity. There are no correct answers and every person will view these topics from a different perspective.  Be sure to complete the previous sections before answering the questions.

  • What are the pros and cons of creating your own ePortfolio?
  • Have you ever created an ePortfolio for a class? What was your experience?

    2 responses to “E-Portfolios”

    1. Eny

      Is putting your CV online really safe? I have a friend in Asia, who shared his CV (not online) with some colleagues through professional network and it turned out his CV was only used to bid for a big project. Once the project got selected and won the bid, he was dumped and not involved in the project at all. He said that his CV was only used to increased the profile & marketability of the company participated in the bid. He was really upset, of course, but he cannot do anything unless he proceeds with legal route which he prefers to avoid.

      I was wondering whether putting one’s CV online would increase the odd of having similar abuse to happen.

      Thanks for the advise.

      1. Office of Learning Technology1

        Hi Eny,

        Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately people can use what you make available on the internet in an ethical or unethical way. Any time you put content online it is wise to weigh the benefits and potential costs involved. One possibility you might consider is to use a platform (like a blog) that allows you to set a password to see certain content on your blog. This gives you a little more control over who sees what on your site. Thanks for sharing this story with us.

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