Your reason(s) for creating the ePortfolio will guide you as to what evidence to include:
- To help me address job applications
- To showcase my skills and experiences to potential employers or professional
- To demonstrate the attainment of professional standards
> Refer to the employability skills required by your industry (available from job advertisements, industry associations or career advisory services), and think
about which of your experiences and achievements align with them.
- To help me plan my personal development and develop life-long learning skills
> Refer to the graduate attributes identified as important by your institution, and think about which of your experiences and achievements align with them. Identify which of the graduate attributes you don’t have much evidence for. Consider what training or experiences you require to be able to develop those skills.
> Use your ePortfolio to look for patterns in your learning. Are there certain types of experiences or assessment items from which you seem to learn more from? Aim
to structure future learning opportunities around those type of experiences.
- To help me transition from school/TAFE/university to work, or between learning institutions
- To support my application for the recognition of prior learning (RPL)
> After you have entered a range of experiences, sit back and reflect on which graduate attribute or employability skill each entry represents. You will probably find that each entry can be used to demonstrate more than one skill or attribute.
ePortfolios have many facets and benefits. For starters, ePortfolios are a great complement to a resume or curriculum vitae. Here is a list of some of the other uses/benefits of ePortfolios:
- ePortfolios are a good source for recommendation letter writers.
- ePortfolio reflections are a good skill to hone in preparation for interviewing.
- ePortfolios are excellent for making and documenting connections between learning experiences.
- ePortfolios help to facilitate student learning between courses.
Follow this link to find more advantages for students and employers
To get the most out of your ePortfolio, you need to do more than simply add examples of your work. Each time you add a piece of evidence, you need to provide a brief context for the piece – why are you adding it? What does it display? What do you want your audience to know about that piece of work?
One useful method to help you provide a crisp context is called the STAR-L framework – stands for Situation, Task, Action, Result and lessons Learnt. This framework can help you to structure your reflections about an experience in such a way that the meaning and outcome of the experience can be clearly identified and communicated to others.
- Situation – the context in which the experience occurred.
- Task – what was actually required of you in the situation.
- Action – the steps that you personally took in response to the task. When reflecting
on your actions, ask yourself why you chose to respond in that particular way.
- Result – the outcome of your actions. How did your actions contribute to the
completion of the task? How did your actions affect the final outcome of the
- Learnt – the things you have learned from the experience. Highlight any skills or
abilities that you have developed or improved as a result of the experience. Think
about how you might apply what you’ve learned to other situations.
Think broadly when selecting experiences to include in your ePortfolio. You can include evidence of skills you have gained at university, at work, in volunteer roles or in your personal life. Some examples might include:
- Assessment pieces you performed well in during your university degree
- Roles or achievements in part time jobs or voluntary work
- Awards you have won at school, TAFE, university, work, or in your personal life
Whatever you include should provide clear evidence of a particular skill or attribute that you possess.
To ensure your ePortfolio gives you the greatest benefit, keep your information up-to-date. Think about how you are going to achieve this:
- Set aside half an hour every Friday to add that week’s achievements to your
- After a major event (e.g. seminar, lecture, assignment, performance), take time to reflect on your experience and add an entry about it to your ePortfolio.
- At the end of each month, spend an hour browsing through your ePortfolio. Consider whether there are any new experiences or artefacts you could add to it as evidence of your learning or skills.
It is important whenever you add information to the World Wide Web to remember that it is a public space. While all ePortfolio systems provide privacy controls, it is essential that you understand exactly who can access your ePortfolio. Please check with your teacher to make sure you understand how this works.
In many cases, institutions will continue to provide former students with access to ePortfolios after graduation. Check your institution’s ePortfolio policy to find out whether this is possible.
Alternatively, you may be able to transfer your material between different ePortfolio systems, such as that of your employer, a different educational institution, or professional association.
Finally, it is important to know whether there is a point at which your ePortfolio will be deleted by the institution storing it, for example, if it is inactive for a certain period of time.