Posted by: crudbasher | April 14, 2011

Implications of E-Portfolios

“Show me don’t tell me” – Rush – Presto

I really like the idea behind E-Portfolios. If you don’t know what they are, it is basically talking digital work and displaying it online somewhere. The idea is to have a place to show your work that constantly evolves and changes.

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Various schools have used these portfolios over the years. It’s interesting now to see that some schools such as Penn State are adding the social media component to the portfolio. Students can blog about what they are working on. This is of interest to prospective employers I am sure because they want to know, not only what the student made, but what process they used and how long it took.

The actual resume of a student will take on less and less importance as time goes on. In many industries such as Computer Animation, they won’t even talk to you if you don’t have some work to show.

Some implications

  1. I would imagine that companies might start following upcoming students before graduation. Some might even offer a scholarship or other perks in order to woo great prospects.
  2. It will be possible to track changes over the student’s career. Also, areas they need help in would be more apparent.
  3. I think everyone should get an eportfolio from the age they can walk. Put everything in there, like finger painting!
  4. With social networking, good student work can go viral. That could launch a career.
  5. Always having your work out there can make students able to take criticism better. That is a good side effect.

I look forward to a world where what you can do is more important than where you went to school. Awesome!

  • Nice article talking about incorporating social media into e-portfolios

    tags: eportfolio education technology nell

    • Pennsylvania State University’s foray into e-portfolios started about 10 years ago, when static Web pages were used to store and display online versions of student resumes. Fairly innovative for their time, these early e-portfolios gave way to more dynamic versions of themselves a few years back as the university began rolling in Web 2.0 technologies.


    • “When blogs, social networking and other interactive technologies came along, we tweaked our e-portfolio initiative,” said Jeff Swain, innovation consultant for the university. “We wanted students to be able to develop interactive, online portfolios that would be able to stay and grow with them throughout their college careers, and beyond.”


    • To encourage the use of e-portfolios on campus, Swain works directly with professors, who benefit from having a student’s educational roadmap via the Web and right at their fingertips. Teachers also use e-portfolios themselves, said Swain, who encourages faculty to upload presentations, lectures, and other items for sharing with peers and students.


    • “Professors who use e-portfolios can more easily connect and converse with others in their respective fields,” said Swain. “They allow teachers to become part of a continuous, evolving conversation.”

      Students gain similar benefits when they create their own e-portfolios. Future teachers, for example, can begin laying the groundwork for their careers long before graduation day. “It gets them conversing in their fields early in the game,” said Swain, “and building out their teaching philosophies and learning theories.”



    • Based on a platform that allows users to “wrap” Web pages around it, Penn State’s e-portfolio initiative includes a mix of static pages where students showcase their work and dynamic pages (which incorporate blogs, for example). Swain said the biggest challenges for students are often learning how to blog, and keeping their e-portfolios fresh and up-to-date.


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