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ePortfolios: Getting Started

What is an ePortfolio?

An ePortfolio is a digital collection of a student's course and employment related achievements and work. It is similar to an online resume, but it is more personalized and flexible.  Students can add examples of academic work and workplace experiences in almost any format, including essay, video, audio, and graphics.

What should I include in my ePortfolio?

The documents you add to your ePortfolio should demonstrate your skills, competencies and job related experience. Through your academics, job and volunteer experience, you should have a wide range of documents that will demonstrate your skills. The following are examples of documents you can include: 

Writing Samples

  • Papers and essays 
  • Research projects 
  • Journal/blog entries 

Technical Writing Examples

  • Technical Reports
  • Spreadsheet and database projects
  • Graphs, tables, timelines, concept diagrams
  • Presentations - slide decks, posters

Multimedia Projects

  • Video and audio clips
  • Photographs, artwork
  • Graphic design projects

Collaborative Work

  • Group projects
  • Examples of problem solving

Work Experience

  • Co-op and work experience
  • Community service work
  • Examples of technology-related skills
  • Letters of recommendation from employers

Professional Development 

  • Public speaking examples
  • Leadership experience, qualities, and examples
  • Volunteer work

Other

  • Academic awards and honors
  • Memberships in professional organizations
  • Certifications

What tools can I use to create my ePortfolio?