E-Portfolios

Video credit: What is an ePortfolio? – posted by AuburnWrites on YouTube

Think

Work

An attractive, well-written resume always stands out to employers. By putting together an e-portfolio, you have flexibility in formatting and adding interesting features. The key to a good e-portfolio is showcasing your “artifacts” (coursework, projects, artwork, written samples, and web design), alongside your resume and personal reflections. By highlighting all of your work and qualification sin one place, you can put your best digital foot forward and really 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:

The University of Toronto also offers portfolio creation services through Portal, and guides on e-portfolio creation. You can find more information here:

Think before you ink

Do Do Not
  • Include a professional email address
  • Include your phone number, home address, or any other private information
  • Ask permission to include material that you didn’t create, created with someone else, or created for a third party
  • Include information you didn’t create, created with someone else, or created for a third party without asking permission
  • Give creators, co-creators, or third parties attribution by saying: “used with permission from ____________”
  • Forget to give attribution to co-creators by saying: “used with permission from ____________”
  • Keep proof of permission for use of content from creators, co-creators, or third parties
  • Delete proof of permission for use of content from creators, co-creators, or third parties
  • Put your best foot forward by only sharing your best work
  • Put up sub-par work for the sake of filling space
  • Ignore your privacy settings
  • Lock all your work away
  • Edit your content over time
  • Leave old work on your e-portfolio that no longer represents you

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?
  • In your opinion, what kind of content is best to highlight on your e-portfolio?

    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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