As you begin to plan your electronic portfolio, it is important that you outline the purpose of the e-portfolio, Identify your long-‐range career plans, goals, objectives, and audience for your e-portfolio? I suggest that you consider answering the following questions prior to embarking on this task:
- What are your professional goals and objectives? Where do wish to work in the future? What do you envision doing in your career?
- How will you utilize an e-Portfolio to achieve your professional goals and objectives? What information is necessary to support these goals and objectives?
- Who is the audience for your e-Portfolio? Consider the demographics (age, culture, language, potential disabilities, socioeconomic status, internet access speed, technology comfort, etc.) and their expectations for an e-Portfolio. How can you design your e-Portfolio to meet their expectations?
- Review existing e-Portfolios for individuals seeking similar careers as yourself. Research using Google or other search engines, ask your peers to share their portfolios or insights, and contact the career and placement office on your campus, Identify the elements of an e-Portfolio that you feel will reflect your personality and career goals.
- What type of e-portfolio will you be preparing? Review my previous blog reviewing the 4 types of e-portfolios and select the type that best serves your needs: Assessment, Developmental, Showcase, Hybrid. Outline the key elements needed for inclusion in your electronic portfolio and standards to be followed as you develop your online documents.