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ePortfolio

ePortfolio

What is ePortfolio?

An ePortfolio (electronic portfolio) is an electronic collection of evidence that shows your learning journey over time. Portfolios can relate to specific academic fields or your lifelong learning.

ePortfolios allow students to reflect, connect, and integrate learning across courses, disciplines, and semesters. They can document activities (in and out of the classroom), upload work they are proud of, and reflect on who they are becoming as a scholar and a person. They are students' personal websites where they can highlight coursework, involvement and leadership, research, career competencies, and resumes. ePortfolios can be used for students' job or graduate school searches. The ePortfolio platform UNCW is utilizing is Digication, and it is free for all students (remains free after you graduate as long as UNCW keeps this platform). 
http://www.uncw.edu/universitystudies/faculty/eportfolio.html

Why should I use ePortfolio?

Three reasons college students should believe in the value of ePortfolios

1. As students build an ePortfolio, they can think critically and creatively about their academic and personal accomplishments.

Many students may never think about what they need to bring to an interview until they start the job-search process… and at that point it’s a matter of scrambling to find quality pieces that will speak to their skills, interests, and expertise.

If students instead construct an ePortfolio as they progress through their college education, they can look at their assignments, projects, and achievements as they’re completed and earned, and consider which pieces best exemplify their talents and experience. (They can always edit as they go!)

For example, with a Digication account, students can easily collect and share their achievements; they can start adding and aggregating as soon as they get their account.

2. Once the ePortfolio is created, students have something to show for all the effort they’ve put into their educational experience.

Rather than simply listing “public speaking,” “videography,” “graphic design,” “lesson planning,” or “copywriting” as skills on a résumé, students’ ePortfolios can contain papers, videos, photographs, and other “artifacts” that prove they can work with job-relevant skills and tools—and thereby enable employers to see that their talents and abilities fulfill what they’re looking for in a job candidate.

It’s also easy for students to distribute their ePortfolio. They can send the link in an e-mail or include the URL at the top of their résumé, and hiring managers can quickly see the quality and content of their work. No last-minute trips to the copy shop… no overnight delivery fees… and no more worrying about keeping track of that one physical portfolio. The link can also be posted in LinkedIn.

3. With an ePortfolio, students can tell the story of their educational and professional journey in a way that’s personally meaningful to them.

With a thoughtfully constructed ePortfolio, students have one attractive package that communicates their skills and ideas in a vibrant and visually compelling manner. Thanks to its ease of use, as well as its modern and responsive interface, Digication’s solution empowers students to create this tool in a simple—but powerful—way.

Source: https://blog.cengage.com/three-reasons-eportfolios-matter-to-todays-college-students/

How do I get started?

Students, be sure to check out the different templates and choose the most appropriate one for you.

Starting July 27, 2017, login with your UNCW credentials: https://uncw.digication.com - this is new since the video was created

Can I see samples of other ePortfolios?

Yes, once you login to Digication, you can see templates and samples from UNCW students.