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E-Portfolios: An Introduction

E-Portfolios are not a new topic in higher education, but an ever-evolving internet and the rise of social media may be sufficient justification for re-evaluating e-portfolios as a tool for preparing students to compete in the most saturated job market in history. E-portfolios have also evolved, and will continue to evolve in the ways people view, create, and use them. E-portfolios remain relevant—perhaps more so than ever before—and it would be foolish to presume that the tools, design concepts, and uses for e-portfolios will not change with time and the advent of new technologies.

With new and easier ways of making stunning websites (through content management systems such as WordPress, WebsiteBuilder, WIX, and many others), it is certainly worth taking a new look at e-portfolios—particularly at the ways they can help students who may not have guaranteed career opportunities beyond their undergraduate careers.
Let’s face it, job recruiters do not exactly view liberal arts majors to be in high demand. Therefore, new graduates—and graduates of humanities and liberal arts studies in particular—will need to develop new strategies to compete in today’s ever-complex and immensely competitive job market, and find that ever-elusive “dream job” after graduation... before they have to begin paying back those outrageous student loans.

E-portfolios are an optimal way for graduating students to market themselves and showcase their work. The Media Center is currently exploring the virtually unlimited possibilities for organizing and developing the most appropriate and compelling e-portfolio template for SWS majors.