- What is studentfolio?
- What can I use studentfolio for?
- What are the benefits?
- How to present yourself online
studentfolio is the university’s dedicated web-based e-portfolio tool.
If you are using studentfolio on your course, your tutor will guide you on how and what to use it for. It can be part of:
- Personal Development Planning (PDP) via the Graduate Toolkit
- Evidence for summative assessment
- Records of achievement
- Target setting and planning
- Project management
- Critical reflection
You can use it practically to:
Record your studies:
- Recording achievements, placement activities and study visits
- Seeing an overview of what you have learnt
- Showing how you’ve met objectives and standards.
Aid your learning:
- Collecting appropriate evidence
- Outlining the progress you’ve made
- Encouraging you to reflect on your work
- Submit an assignment for assessment
- Organise projects
- Receive feedback.
Prepare for employment:
- Write a CV
- Make a job application
- Prepare for a job interview.
- An e-portfolio enables you take advantage of the digital technologies that have transformed the way you can represent yourself and your work online.
- More convenient. Being able to record and share aspects of your learning and development electronically, in the form of an e-portfolio, is often more convenient.
- A showcase to demonstrate your learning and development. Your e-portfolio provides the opportunity to showcase your continuous academic development and acquisition of skills to tutors and potential employers. Unlike other online tools like Facebook or LinkedIn studentfolio is structured to allow students to really evidence their skills and learning.
- An opportunity to practice digital skills. Working electronically to manage your professional profile and learning in an ePortfolio provides you with the type of technical skills employers are looking for.
- Represent yourself professionally online. Having a secure and private space to develop your personal identity before making it public can ensure you make the right first impression.
- Adaptable and flexible. Content in your e-portfolio can be quickly and easily updated or customised to present content to different audiences, for example, to a potential employer or for assessment.
- A single place to collect and save work. All of your digital work is held in one place that you can access securely through the Internet.
How to present yourself online
Think carefully about the information you put online. Here are some tips to make your e-portfolio as professional and secure as possible.
University conditions of use (pdf)
Remember to follow the university’s conditions of use for using the computing system.
Privacy and security
- Keep content you are unsure about private or in draft (e.g. blog post) so no one else can see it before making it publically available
- Don’t make your personal contact details available on a public post or web page. (e.g. phone number, date of birth, home address) Making this information publically available can put you at risk of identity fraud, endanger your personal security and encourage spamming of your email address
- Check who can see the content on the web pages you’ve produced, especially where you have included links to content that might build up to over time e.g. blog posts.
Once you have published content in your e-portfolio and sent this to people it can be difficult to change at a later date, so:
- Ensure all of the information you place online is accurate and appropriate
- Present information professionally
- Check for any spelling mistakes
- Keep the tone of your e-portfolio positive and constructive
- Integrate social media in to your e-portfolio. (e.g. Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) and cross link your content if you use other online tools - the more links you use the higher you will come up in searches via search engines
- Add a link to your e-portfolio into your email signature and to your CV
- Include an avatar image on your profile to help make your online identity more personal
- Abide by and respect the ethical or professional standards of any organisations you are a member of or affiliated to.
- Make sure you own the copyright or you have copyright permission on the materials you use in your e-portfolio, especially images taken from the internet
- Make sure all materials that are not your own work are properly attributed or referenced
- If the material you want to use is copyrighted, seek permission from the copyright owner to be able to include this in your web pages.
- Ask for feedback on your e-portfolio from tutors, friends and Careers Service to improve it
- Be respectful of others; make sure any comments or feedback you provide is helpful and constructive.
Find out more about managing your online presence.