Whenever I ask someone to start an e-portfolio, their first question is why, and their second is where can I see one? I can answer the first one, but the second is where I’m a little stuck. I have not come across a webpage that both highlights a person’s scholastic or professional achievements and demonstrates the thought processes behind what they do. With blogging becoming so popular, however, I believe great examples are out there. A few friends have helped me start my research. I need your help next—please leave comments if any sites that seem like e-portfolios come to mind!
My dear friend and Dalton Gallery Fellow, Olivia White, sent me a link a while ago to use as inspiration for my e-portfolio design. It lists links to photographers’ and fine artists’ sites: photoartdesign.net. While oohing and aahing at Amy Stein‘s photography and site, I stumbled upon her blog. She’s promoting another blog, aphotostudent.com, by James Pomerantz that outlines his experience as a graduate student at The School of Visual Arts in New York. Pomerantz’s purpose is more to create a resource for students looking into graduate school than to deepen his learning through reflective writing, but it is essentially a blog about his experience in school. Sounds like more or less an e-portfolio to me.
Madelynne Martiniere, an amazing Technology Production Studio tutor, suggested I check out authors’ sites. One of her faves is Neil Gaiman’s site, which combines a list of his professional achievements as well as a blog about what he’s up to.
One blog I stumbled upon is Shon Bacon’s. She’s a Ph.D. student at Texas Tech University studying Technical Communication and Rhetoric. She uses the blog space to publish assignment sheets, coursework, brainstorming, and resume info. Her content seems especially relevant to me because she’s interested in teaching writing with technology, as well as how minorities and women are represented in the field of technological communication.
While some of these examples still don’t have the extensive reflective component that we’re pushing here at Agnes (the kind that reveals your passions so that you can land on the “next step” after undergrad more easily), these few are already great examples of how a web space can illustrate how cool you are. Do you know of any more links I can promote?