A couple of years ago, I purchased a couple of domains with the intention of creating a professional ePortfolio for myself. It’s been on my to-do list for too long now, as has “writing more frequently on LLU.” So, in the interest of killing two birds with one stone, I’m going to be creating an ePortfolio, and blogging the process here, warts and all.
This evening, my task was simple-ish. All I had to do was answer one question: what do I want the outcome of this to be? Well, of course I’m not satisfied with one outcome … I want several, in no particular order:
- to gather evidence of my own learning and professional development
- to better market myself the next time I am looking for employment (although to be clear, this is not imminent)
- to have a better understanding of the tools available to individuals looking to build or support ePortfolios
- to gain experience in a skill many higher ed institutions are requiring or encouraging students to practice
- to document the process of building an ePortfolio for my future reference, and that of LLU community members
- to be more engaged in the LLU community
The plan is to finish this project before I go on vacation in a couple of months, so expect to see regular (hopefully weekly) posts from me over the next couple of months. My homework before the next post is to gather content I’ve created — documents, text descriptions, images, videos, links, etc — and to start thinking about ways to organize it. I’ll be looking to y’all to help with inspiration and to keep me honest, so don’t be shy about chiming in with comments, suggestions, criticisms, or questions!
Today’s question for all of you: have you created an ePortfolio for yourself? If so, post a link and contribute your best advice! If not, what’s stopping you?