This article provides a general overview of how electronic portfolios are used in education which is also known as e-portfolios or digital portfolios. It also elaborates on the many different aspects on how e-portfolios also show several different ways to acknowledge ones’ work, progress, and achievements. The general characteristics of an e-portfolio are student centered, competence oriented, cyclical with regards to action and reflection and last but not least, multimedia oriented.
Student centered is the person who creates the portfolio and decides what he or she would like to be placed in his or her portfolio. The student also decides what material he or she would like to place in the portfolio for certain reasons like possible job interviews, resume related, work history, accomplishments, and or skills acquired overtime.
Competence oriented is a specific part in the portfolio which allows others to see how much experience or how good someone is in his or her field. This is very important to have in a portfolio because a lot of jobs like to know how much experience a person has had in a specific field before he or she gets hired. In many cases, having more experience may also give someone an advantage when it comes to competing in the job market.
Action and reflection is just as important as competence part of the portfolio because it shows how a person or student gives an account of the activities in which his or her competence is demonstrated. In an educational context this means that the person or student draws up a personal learning plan which is also known as a PLP. PLPs contain a series of activities with which the proposed competence can be practiced.
Multimedia is usually recorded and played, displayed or accessed by information content processing devices, such as computerized and electronic devices, but can also be part of a live performance. So the multimedia part of someone’s portfolio would usually have a video of themselves or something to that nature.
The demand for teachers and students to have an electronic portfolio is ever increasing in today’s society to help them be viewed as being more professional. So if someone does try to create one, it is important that he or she take his or her time and prepare correctly because that portfolio could one day be the very thing that gets that student a job or that teacher a better job.
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I really enjoyed this video because I think this video hit the "bulls eye" when it comes to explaining what an e-portfolio is and how it may help you. This video starts off by giving the viewer a definition of what an e-portfolio is. It also shows the viewer examples of different types of e-portfolios which is three main types. It goes on an elaborate on those three different types of e-portfolios and shows the viewers samples of each. This video also explains how potential employers can google someone's name and the first thing that should show up should be that potential employee's e-portfolio. I learned from this video that e-portfolios also have different trends and those trends can change. Trends can change from individual portfolios to team organizational portfolios. This video even gives the viewer tips on ways to use free portfolio tools in which the viewer could use to help create, manage, and promote his or her own e-portfolio. The only thing I could perceieve negative about the video is that for someone who does not like to read often, probably would not enjoy it as much. This video does not have a speaker in it, but it is not a lot of reading to be done though. By far, this video gives some great information about the topic of an e-portfolio.