November 10th, 2012
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.
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
GLOSTER – Online Multimedia Posters – http://edu.glogster.com/what-is-glogster-edu/.
fun to share!
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.
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.
Director of Co-Curricular and Operations Assessment
University of Houston Downtown