Your ePortfolio

ePortfolioIn the LMS and ETI programs we are helping you to develop into innovative, passionate, and competent professionals. Your ePortfolio is one of the main tools to demonstrate your competency as a professional. We want you to use your ePortfolio to show off your professional successes using authentic examples of work that showcase your achievement and passions.

Plymouth State provides every student with a Mahara account. I encourage you to evaluate several ePortfolio tools and choose the one that is best for you. We encourage you make this ePortfolio a valuable resource moving forward: not simply a checkbox on your diploma planning guide. How can your ePortfolio represent you and all your have learned? Here are some suggestions:

Be Creative
In order to share your passion your ePortfolio needs your personal touch. You may want to use a different tool (check out this list of possible ePortfolio tools). Customize your colors, pictures, and layout.

Use Interesting Evidence
Find work that demonstrates what you are good at and what you care about as an educator. Throughout your program you will receive suggestions from your instructors on what to include in your portfolio, but they are simply suggestions. This is your ePortfolio. We want you to choose how you demonstrate your competence. Show us what you know by sharing videos, lesson plans, tweets, projects, photographs, illustrations, booklists, notes from students, papers your have written. The sky is the limit. Actually, there is no limit!

Try a Different Tool
The frustrating part of Mahara is when you leave Plymouth you will no longer have access to making updates to your ePortfolio. You don’t have to use Mahara! Check out this list of ePortfolio tools (most have a free option for educators).  I use VisualCV as my professional ePortfolio.

Make it Relevant
It’s important to me that your ePortfolio remain a vital part of your professional career. You will continue to learn and will want a place to share your successes and reflections on your learning process. An ePortfolio is a crucial tool to assist you in sharing your professional accomplishments with an authentic audience. Think of it as a digital resume!

Align it to the Standards
If you are in the Library Media program use the five AASL Standards for Initial Preparation of School Librarians:

  1. Teaching for Learning
  2. Literacy and Reading
  3. Information and Knowledge
  4. Advocacy and Leadership
  5. Program Management and Administration

If you are in the Technology Integrator program use the 6 ISTE Coaching Standards:

  1. Visionary Leadership
  2. Teaching, Learning, and Assessments
  3. Digital Age Learning Environments
  4. Professional Development and Program Evaluation
  5. Digital Citizenship
  6. Content Knowledge and Professional Growth

Take the Class
Register for CE 5140 ePortfolio Development and Assessment – where we will help you to set up your own professional ePortfolio. Library Media and Ed Tech Integrator candidates should all take this course. Let me know if you have questions about our ePortfolio requirements.

Contact: Pam Harland