ePortfolio: A personal website that communicates and showcases skills, experiences, and learning to an audience (e.g., employers or graduate schools). The purpose of an ePortfolio is to tell a story about your professional identity and support that story using artifacts. Those artifacts are curated and contextualized using reflective text that explains how your artifacts connect to future plans or goals.
Portfolios generally take three forms: reflective, showcase, and/or assessment. When writing reflective portfolios, students evaluate their own performance and self-identify gaps therein; document their professional, and occasionally personal, values and beliefs and changes over time; and connect theoretical ideas to applied practice. In showcase portfolios, students self-select artifacts representing their best works; showcase portfolios document students’ achievements and may include work samples for future employment. For assessment portfolios, students document how their achieved learning outcomes and may be asked to include specific rather than self-selected artifacts on their portfolios. While some portfolios use a single form, e.g. a reflective portfolio, other portfolios may serve multiple purposes and combine two or all forms.
For TH490, the main purpose of your site is to showcase your work and skills, although you may find it beneficial to include some reflective pieces as well.
ePortfolios show employers that you have communicative strengths, regardless of your major. These include:
In this Libguide, you will find articles explaining the benefits of having a portfolio, some helpful tips on starting your own, and some inspiration—for when you are feeling overwhelmed or lost.