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Week 8 Reflective Journal Module 6

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This week we learned further information on creating an e-portfolio. As the previous week was more focused on theory, this week focused on creating an e-portfolio practically. There were different examples of e-portfolios and there were instructions on how to create an e-portfolio using WordPress.

The e-portfolio examples were really great. Each of them shared common themes and certain ones had distinct good qualities. I took elements and ideas that I liked from different e-portfolios and attempted to incorporate them in my own work. One of the examples of an e-portfolio that I found really useful was the addition of relevant awards, certificates and qualifications. I thought this gave the e-portfolio an edge as it is actual proof of skills or knowledge that you have learned. According to Barret, H. (2003), she suggests that e-portfolios should contain different artifacts. In her list, she recommends that students should post artifacts of their academic records and documents regarding work, completed outside of school.

We also learned how to upload images onto WordPress, for our gallery of work. There are a few different ways of doing it, as you can drag and drop images, or select it from a folder or even use a url from the internet. The word document that stated how to create an e-portfolio using WordPress was really useful to me, for the reason that I am not quite familiar with WordPress. The written instructions were quite clear and the use of screenshots was really helpful to me. The document explained how to create different pages, using the dashboard and how to adjust themes.

One of the tips that I found really useful was the way to switch off 3rd party comments, likes and links. Had I not seen this mentioned in the word document, I would have never thought about switching the off. It is quite important because an e-portfolio is not exactly a type of social media. In the sense that, it is a professional document/digital resume and it must be kept to professional standard. Comments from random people on the internet could be quite dangerous and damaging to the e-portfolio. If the comments section is not checked often and if the inappropriate comments aren’t erased, they could remain there while potential employers view your e-portfolio. This gives them the impression that you are not professional, as you can’t do such a simple thing such as monitor your website for bad comments.
Overall I found it quite informative as these different e-portfolio examples gave me a better idea of what a good e-portfolio should look like. Through visual examples, they helped illustrate what works effectively and what doesn’t. The word document helped me quite a bit as I am not always adept at using new programs efficiently.

Barett, H. (2012) Frequently asked questions about e-portfolios, What do I put into an electronic portfolio?
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