Thursday, August 02, 2007

Online Portfolios

Jennifer Madrell shows us a great example of an online portofolio, which she calls a "svelte and sparkly version of this blog - that is a requirement and capstone project at Indiana University."

She's included samples of wikis and courses she has created, links to podcasts, references and her resume.

Of course, I have nothing like this for myself. For years I had a stack of CDs -- examples of courses I had created over the years. I gave the CDs away on interviews, lost them in moves. The stack is long gone and completely obsolete.

Somewhere on an old laptop I've got examples of old project plans, design documents and storyboards.

These days I've got oodles of documents on my hard drive at work, this blog, but no concrete examples that I could share of courses I have been involved with (it's all proprietary info built for clients).

If I was trying to show my stuff off to someone, I guess I'd send them here to my blog, I'd send them to my company's website, I'd send them examples of project documentation. My LinkedIn account has my resume, as does Facebook. It's kind of scattered.

Should the blog become the landing point for your online portfolio? Your presence to the world? Should I be better about including links to all that other info so people can find out more about me?

I'm not looking for a job right now, so there's no urgent need. But it makes sense to be keeping track of your output as you create it. Otherwise, you can't find that stack of virtual CDs when you need it.

So I have some questions:

  • Do you have an online portfolio?
  • What tools did you use to create it? Would Netvibes work? A wiki tool? Your blog?
  • How do you show samples of e-Learning projects or solutions you've been involved with? Screen captures?

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Kate Foy said...

Hi Cammy
I haven't got an online portfolio for myself ... that's one of the things on the to do list ... but I am working with some of my (acting major) students to develop their own online portfolios to showcase their work. We're into Week 2 of 12, so there's a way to go yet.

I'm blogging the progress at


jmaddrell said...

Thank you for pointing to my blog and portfolio! I doubt I would have taken the time to pull out and clean up project samples for a "formal" portfolio had it not been a program requirement. It took a lot of time and reflection (who is my intended audience? what do I want to tell them about me? what samples of my work represent me? etc.) Our class began with several weeks of review and reflective writing to establish desired goals for the portfolio and to contemplate key skills and accomplishments. I hope I will keep in up!

Cammy Bean said...

@ Kate, thank you for sharing your experience with your students! I learn so much from seeing what other folks are doing.

@ Jennifer -- I hope you keep it up! I've found that if I don't keep track of projects I've worked on (and I've historically not been good at that) then when the time comes, I don't have the examples I'd like to show and I can barely remember the projects I've worked on. (My memory is like a sieve).

It seems to me that maintaining an online portfolio is half the challenge. Of course, you have to set it up in the first place, but then you have to keep it current.