This article talks about the why and how of the “Career ePortfolio” that is being experimented with at the New York City College of Technology. This portfolio, though it can be—and sometimes is—used as a tool for assessment in the classroom, is mostly used as a supplementary information to be included in a resume when students graduate and apply for jobs. The portfolios that the students make collect work that they have done throughout their four years at “City Tech,” and are intended to highlight and develop the professional persona of the student as they enter the job market. In addition to housing the student’s work, the portfolio also holds a “reflective statement” about the student’s “professional goals.” The students are encouraged to use “design elements such as colors, backgrounds, graphics, and fonts that show their work at its best.” In order to facilitate this process, teachers are given some training on portfolios, and the school has also set-up new spaces that make it possible for students to work on these portfolios. These portfolios encourage students to think harder about the identities they’re creating through their writing, and also to think about the audience/s they’re appealing to with their writing. Bonsignore also claims that because the students start to understand how this portfolio will help them in the real world, they’re generally very receptive to using them, and put in quite a bit of effort.
Bonsignore: “Career ePortfolios: Recognizing and Promoting Employable Skills” (Chapter 6)