Planning your e-portfolio

There are many free tools that you can use to create your e-portfolio, and we'll introduce some of these a little later, but before we start playing around with technology it's essential that you plan your E-portfolio out, the resources on this page will help you to do this:

Getting Started with E-Portfolios

Getting started with e-portfolios

The Basic Sections of an e-portfolio

There is no "right way" to set out an e-portfolio, however when you first start you may find it helpful to consider breaking down your portfolio into four sections:

The profile page

The profile page gives the people who are viewing your portfolio a chance to get to know you, it also give's you the opportunity to make a positive first impression to prospective employers.

It should contain:
  • Personal details.
  • A description of yourself.
  • Your values and beliefs.
  • Your interests and hobbies

The summery page

The summery section allows you to present an overview of what your e-portfolio is for, and who it's aimed at, it should:
  • Identify the target audience of the portfolio.
  • State the purpose of the portfolio.
  • Contain an outline of your goals and provide an action plan as to how you are going to achieve them.
  • Contain a list of your accomplishments.

The showcase page

In this part of the portfolio, you can provide your readers with examples of your work so they can gain an appreciation for the knowledge and skills that you possess.

Examples of work could be:
  • Document based - such as essays or journal articles you have written
  • Image based - such as photographs of your work
  • Video based - such as a YouTube video of a presentation that you have given
  • Audio based - such as a recording of a classroom discussion or debate which you have participated in.
The e-portfolio system we will show you allows you to include all of these different types of evidence quickly and easily.

For each piece of evidence you decide to showcase, you should also provide a description of what it is and a reflection on how it was used and how you might develop it further should you have the need to do so.

The qualifications page

The qualifications page is basically the same as the qualifications section you might find on a traditional C.V.  

Here you should provide details of:
  • The qualifications you have earned.
  • Scholarships and awards you have received.
  • Co-curricular activities (e.g. being a mentor!).
  • Any work experience plancements you have undertaken.