In our blog post on how to envision using ePortfolios at your institution, we posed several questions to consider when embarking on an ePortfolio initiative, including how ePortfolios can be woven into the student experience. According to the Association of American Colleges & Universities, ePortfolios are a great way for students to reflect on their learning, showcase achievements, and highlight all of their accomplishments throughout their schooling and career. In this blog post, we will share some helpful tips and tricks for how students can use Watermark Student Learning & Licensure (formerly Via) to build engaging ePortfolios that bring their reflections, experiences, and accomplishments to life.
Embedding Media Into Watermark ePortfolios
Far from simply acting as a repository for work samples, ePortfolios can take on as many identities as can be imagined. Many students use their ePortfolios as digital scrapbooks to store things like photos, videos, and reflections of experiences that they’ve had. The experiences students have while student teaching, studying abroad, or taking part in extracurricular activities are also excellent things to document for themselves and potential employers.
One thing that can help with creating an impactful ePortfolio is embedding media. Students can bring their accomplishments to life and illustrate their unique talents and style through images, videos, and samples of their work. And it’s easy to do! Students can simply pull in images and other files from their computer, Google Drive, or Dropbox, and videos from YouTube or other hosting sites.
Including Student Artifacts
Student Learning & Licensure ePortfolios give the advantage of always having student artifacts available to include in the ePortfolio tool. This makes it easy to pull in pivotal moments from their learning journey directly from their activity timeline, like media from assignments, field experiences, and other tasks.
Example of a video embedded into an ePortfolio
Amplifying an ePortfolio’s Reach with Social Media
Once a student’s ePortfolio is complete, Student Learning & Licensure gives users several ways to distribute it. ePortfolios can be shared through multiple social media channels (like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn) to help increase exposure to the student’s work. It can also be easily shared by email using the one-click Copy URL button.
Selecting the "Share" icon will provide students with an assortment of options for sharing their ePortfolio with others.
Putting the ePortfolio to Work After Graduation
A professional ePortfolio can be a great asset — even after graduation. In a competitive job market, an ePortfolio that highlights achievements and experiences can quickly separate graduates from the crowd of other job seekers. And students can continue to access and share their published ePortfolio after graduation as long as their higher education institution continues to use the product.
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