This journal entry is a continuation of the activities that were learned in week 8. In this entry, I will speak about a few useful tips I learned for creating an e-portfolio and professional articles that addressed the benefits e-portfolios can potentially have for students. Some of these articles were from universities, written by lecturers explaining how they feel their students have benefitted from the use and understanding of e-portfolios. There was also a pamphlet which touched on intriguing ideas of what potential employers look for in an e-portfolio.
I found some of the content in the week 8 articles quite interesting. Something that stood out to me was in Yancey, K’s. (2010) article, as she suggests that e-portfolios present a student’s best work to potential employers. However, they can also be used for a different purpose, they can display a student’s work throughout their course so that it can be documented and their teachers can monitor it. I found the latter an intriguing concept. As it is quite a useful idea for students because eventually when it comes to creating their e-portfolio for employment purposes, it will become much easier for them as they have a head start. They can easily erase all of their unnecessary work, keeping the best examples with a short detailed explanation of each one. They may also already have a profile, so they just need to edit it to better suit their e-portfolio, such as by adding their career aims and a brief description of their qualifications and work experience.
I liked how in Masters, C. (2013) article, he suggests that it is important for your e-portfolio to consist of solely your best work. Because by adding too much it can have a negative effect, as potential employers could find some of your work to their disliking. I think that is also important to only show your best work as the employer could become distracted. The more examples they see, the more their idea of your skills and potential becomes convoluted. As far as I have been told by numerous lecturers, at least in the media industry, employers hire you for a specific skillset that you have. It varies depending on what type of work you are looking for. However, in most television commercials or photographs, an employer will be looking for a certain look or atmosphere. This is where an e-portfolio can be really useful. As they will look at one of your example photographs or videos and they will ask that you replicate it, to some extent, but adjust it to their tastes and needs for the commercial.
To conclude there was quite a bit of interesting tips and information to be learned from these articles and the pamphlet. This information appears to focus on small details, however, these small details can make a huge difference to whether your e-portfolio is successful or not. The e-portfolio needs to be strong as a whole. The structure, information, work examples, layout etc. need to work harmoniously together in order to achieve the best result possible, to give the student/potential employee a competitive edge.
Yancey, K. (2010) Digital student portfolios
Masters, C. (2013) Tips for Creating an e-portfolio