The readings for class discussed ePortfolios – the digital review of your skills by showing examples – at length. But I can’t help wondering if busnesses are making use of this tool?
I can see why colleges would embrace ePortfolios. What a perfect way to show if a student asking for life experience credit on a particular course had actually earned the credit! A good ePortfolio could show the student utilizing the skills taught in the class.
As a former business manager in the 1980’s and 1990’s I saw the U.S. Army do something similar for the people that were leaving their ranks. Everyone left with a paper portfolio, filled with certificates earned, outlines of classes taken and lessons taught, and for those duties whose connections to a civilian job were not obvious, they explicitly explained it to you in words you could understand! 😉
Don’t mistake my attempt at humor – these were powerful and effective tools, and I often thought, ‘Every job seeker should have something like this.’
So I am very interested in seeing ePortfolios have a great reach into the business world. But I am curious if they do?
And, I realized the real trick to ePortfolios is to ORGANIZE your thoughts and your materials. (Otherwise it is simply a lot of pages of nothing important to the reader.) Then the hard work of CREATING the ePortfolio, which does take some effort. Finally, they need used, which might also mean, PROMOTING your ePortfolio.
I am hoping however that ePortfolios will provide an important tool for both the job seeker, and the business HR manager.
But it cannot do anything for anyone if they are not embraced outside the educational community.
What have your experiences been with ePortfoilios?