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Students’ ePortfolio for Entering into the Labour Market

Laura Malita and Regina Egetenmeyer

In the last few years, ePortfolios and ePortfolio 2.0 have become buzzwords in the education and learning community used for different purposes and meanings. The book gives an innovative way of dealing with the problem of student unemployment by explaining the main aspects of using ePortfolios as a method for employability, career development, reflection, assessment, consultancy, presentation and communication. This publication results from the research work undertaken by the partner institutions involved in the Project Learn about finding jobs from digital storytelling which had the main purpose of enhancing graduates’ employability.

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I. ePortfolios for educational issues

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10 Laura Malita Gema Diaz Dominguez L@jost – a theoretical approach: types and purposes 1. What is a portfolio and ePortfolio? A conceptual approach 1.1. Definitions University programmes in educational sciences do not normally prepare students with the knowledge and skills for a narrow professional field. Instead they pro- vide more general competences and give an academic foundation from which graduates are able to develop applicable skills in a practical context. The use of the word "portfolio" has diversified in recent decades. Based on the traditional portfolio of artists, defined as a sample to display artwork, photo- graphs, etc., the word portfolio has also been associated with fields as diverse as administration (post and responsibilities of the head of a government depart- ment) or finance (a collection of investments held by an institution or a private individual). The transition from "paper" to digital versions involves the diversi- fication of the contents of each portfolio. While the portfolio is a sample of a person’s work (with possibly the best and most relevant work), an electronic portfolio (ePortfolio), also known as Web-folio, e-folio, or digital portfolio, is a representative digital collection of evidence demonstrating a person’s achieve- ments and experience during their learning and professional career. The ePortfo- lio, usually web based, is an electronic expression of yourself presented digital- ly, giving information about your values, interests, experiences, learning, skills and competences. Other definitions link ePortfolios to self-esteem or self-assessment, for example Paris & Ayres (1994) “The overarching purpose of portfolios is to...

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