ePortfolio Program

Why Use ePortfolios?

ePortfolios are valuable for several reasons, including the following:

1. As students build an ePortfolio, they can think critically and creatively about their academic and personal accomplishments.

Many students may never think about what they need to bring to an interview until they start the job-search process… and at that point it’s a matter of scrambling to find quality pieces that will speak to their skills, interests, and expertise.

If students instead construct an ePortfolio as they progress through their college education, they can look at their assignments, projects, and achievements as they’re completed and earned, and consider which pieces best exemplify their talents and experience. (They can always edit as they go!)

For example, with a Digication account, students can easily collect and share their achievements; they can start adding and aggregating as soon as they get their account.

2. Once the ePortfolio is created, students have something to show for all the effort they’ve put into their educational experience.

Rather than simply listing “public speaking,” “videography,” “graphic design,” “lesson planning,” or “copywriting” as skills on a résumé, students’ ePortfolios can contain papers, videos, photographs, and other “artifacts” that prove they can work with job-relevant skills and tools—and thereby enable employers to see that their talents and abilities fulfill what they’re looking for in a job candidate.

It’s also easy for students to distribute their ePortfolio. They can send the link in an e-mail or include the URL at the top of their résumé, and hiring managers can quickly see the quality and content of their work. No last-minute trips to the copy shop… no overnight delivery fees… and no more worrying about keeping track of that one physical portfolio. The link can also be posted in LinkedIn.

3. With an ePortfolio, students can tell the story of their educational and professional journey in a way that’s personally meaningful to them.

With a thoughtfully constructed ePortfolio, students have one attractive package that communicates their skills and ideas in a vibrant and visually compelling manner. Thanks to its ease of use, as well as its modern and responsive interface, Digication’s solution empowers students to create this tool in a simple—but powerful—way.

Source: https://blog.cengage.com/three-reasons-eportfolios-matter-to-todays-college-students/

How can ePortfolios Demonstrate Career Readiness?

ePortfolios give students a quick and easy way to highlight their abilities in the eight core areas of career readiness. Similarly, educators can clearly see how students are performing in and outside the classroom based on the details they add to their ePortfolio, while legislators have the opportunity to analyze how well a college or university is preparing students for the workforce. Employers can use digital portfolios to search for and connect with potential hires who are highly qualified, based on evidence like work samples, published writing, completed projects, and digital badges. Instead of relying on text-heavy traditional resumes, ePortfolios give all players in the higher education universe a way to evaluate career readiness based on the core competencies defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

NACE's 8 Core Competencies

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving: Students can exercise sound reasoning to evaluate issues, make decisions, and overcome problems by utilizing knowledge, facts, and data in the process.

  • Written and oral communications: Students can share thoughts and ideas in a way that is clear and effective in both written and oral methods, they have proven public speaking abilities, or they are able to develop complex written reports in an easy to digest way.

  • Teamwork and collaboration: Students can create collaborative relationships with customers, colleagues, and supervisors from various cultural, ethnic, religious, and lifestyle backgrounds.

  • Digital technology: Students are able to use existing digital technologies efficiently in the course of solving problems, completing assignments, and achieving personal and work goals.

  • Leadership: Students can identify and leverage the strengths of others to work toward accomplishing shared goals, and they are able to reflect on their own emotions, strengths, and weaknesses in order to effectively delegate, organize, or prioritize work tasks.

  • Work ethic and professionalism: Students can demonstrate personal accountability and strong work habits, including working with others, managing workflows, and being punctual. They must also be able to demonstrate integrity in their work and act responsibly and ethically on the job.

  • Career management: Students know and can share their skills, knowledge, and experiences, and use these to identify areas where professional growth is wanted to needed. Students have the ability to navigate career opportunities as well as advocate for themselves in and outside of the workplace.

  • Global and intercultural fluency: Students show respect for and ability to learn from a diverse set of cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religious affiliations.