5 things you should know about professional e-portfolios.

Author:Alleyne, Sonia

AT A RECENT INFORMATION technology career fair hosted by Temple University's Fox School of Business students were required to bring their e-portfolios, digital showcases of their work and educational experiences that include commentary and explanation and tell an engaging story through images, documents, and hyperlinks. These electronic port folios will increasingly become the preferred reference tool for employers seeking talent, and for educators evaluating student learning outcomes, says Heather Hiles, founder and CEO of Pathbrite (www.pathbrite.com), an education technology company that facilitates the designing of educational e-portfolios. "What's special about Pathbrite is that people who have our portfolios own the digitized copies of their data and we hold in the cloud the content they create. The basic accounts are free, so people can own their data for life and choose when, where, and how it gets shared." Hiles offers five tips on the benefits of digital portfolio technology and about developing your professional profile online.

1 An e-portfolio provides a place where people can aggregate, track, and showcase what they've learned and achieved by pulling together artifacts (digitized examples and photos of their work, interests, or studies) to create an organized presentation. You can include qualitative reflections, but also empirical information such as transcripts and test scores.

2 For each artifact you include in a portfolio, you have the opportunity to give...

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