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"Some cool tools; add a lot of pizass to student eportfolios . . . "

Posted By Administration, Saturday, November 10, 2012
Updated: Friday, October 18, 2013

November 10th, 2012

Hi, all -- I received permission from Angela Koponene at the University of Houston Downtown to re-post her own post from my eportfolio forum. Note the two "cool tools" she mentions. Also, interesting what's going on at her University. Thanks, Angela.
-- Trent

Angela Koponen, PhD

November 9, 2012 at 1:55 pm (Edit)

I’m currently researching ePortfolios for my university, University of Houston Downtown. I read your articles in Campus Technology and use them as I research to share with UHD’s ePortfolio’s planning committee. We are planning to launch a program that will be used by all of our nearly 14,000 students. I came across some cool tools that can be used free of charge which have the potential to add a lot of pizazz to student ePortfolios. Let’s share with your readers:
ANIMOTO – create extraordinary videos from your photos, video clips, words and music.,
GLOSTER – Online Multimedia Posters –

Always fun to share!

Back to UHD – We will be looking to use the ePortfolios across campus to 1) record academic performance, 2) respond to core and general ed standards and requirements, and 3) as tools for job seekers and career building. For 1 and 2, I won’t go into details here. For 3 I see this as currently needing to be driven by job applicants rather than employers. My personal experience is that having an ePortfolio can’t hurt (unless it’s a disaster), but that employers find it very impressive when available to them. In general, applying for jobs online is a tedious and trying experience, involving uploading resumes, cover letters, and filling out painfully long applications. Employers interested in a particular candidate can learn so much more about an applicant by viewing and analyzing their ePortfolio that they ever will from there job applications, resumes, or other traditional tools. Ideally, in my opinion, an online job application should only ask a few basic questions like do you have these experiences and education as key, preferably in the form of drop-down boxes. Most of the rest should be included is a really good searchable ePortfolio, the "show me” part of the application. So, one of the few questions asked should be for the link to the ePortfolio. I wish I had an opportunity to experiment with that approach. I’d be glad to partner with anyone wanting to try that experiment.

I find that ePortfolios can be so powerful and rich in content, that I look forward to continuing my investigations and eventual implementation on our campus. The AAEEBL web site has been very helpful. Keep experimenting on your ePortfolio. I look forward to updates on your progress.

Angela Koponen, PhD
Director of Co-Curricular and Operations Assessment
University of Houston Downtown

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