Daily Thoughts 173: Tackling the e-Portfolio

It’s time for me to start developing my e-Portfolio for my MLIS course at SJSU.

The culminating experience for our MLIS program requires students to select, document, and assemble evidence of their competence in a series of skill areas the faculty have deemed essential for entry-level professional performance.

Since I’ve got to do this for the program anyway, I thought it might make sense to write about the experience. Share my path through working on the portfolio, decisions made, methods used, and all the other details that will crop up along the way.

SJSU requires students to keep privacy and confidentiality in mind when creating the e-portfolio. It needs to be kept private before graduation, and if made public after graduation then students “must remove the names of students, institutions, and employers and make sure they are not identifiable in your e-Portfolio.” – handbook

That’s okay. The main idea is more about how I go about creating the e-Portfolio.

Why now?

I could wait until the semester starts in August, but I want to work on it before then and have a structure in place. I plan to create the e-Portfolio initially as an offline web site, publishing it as a password-protected site once it is required for the semester. The book will cover the details on the website set up, a calendar and timeline of the process. At the end, once approved, I’ll release the public-facing version of the site along with the completed book.

I plan to release it under a CC BY-SA license. I’ll have print copies for sale and e-book copies for sale via retail platforms (you’re paying in that case for convenience and to support my work). Free copies will be available to download from the site.

I have attended a couple different webinars on the e-Portfolio process. I’ve spoken to fellow students nervous about it. The school does offer the handbook site with information, and advisors during the process. I still think that a book will be of interest, although that isn’t my main motivation.

I could also plan to do interviews, profiles, and case studies of fellow students. Perhaps. That adds complexity to the project. Maybe I’ll just keep it to my work.

Again, I’m not doing it because I expect to make money off the project. I’m doing it because it will help me focus on my process and reflect on the experience. I’ve put a lot of work into this degree. This sounds like an interesting project and it frankly makes the e-Portfolio itself more interesting by adding a dimension I would enjoy.


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