Digital Portfolios: Your Digital Narrative

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Published on March 2, 2014

Author: dougstrahler



This presentation discusses the process for designing and developing a digital portfolio. It walks through organizing your content to creating a portfolio site using Weebly, Wix or LinkedIn. This was presented to the Department of Communication students at California University of Pennsylvania in March 2014.

Digital Portfolios Your Digital Narrative

What is a Digital Portfolio?   An electronic version of your work, accomplishments and thoughts Can be in the form of PowerPoints, PDF, Website, or LinkedIn… each having its own advantages and disadvantages

Ultimate Goal of a Digital Portfolio?

Ultimate Goal of a Digital Portfolio?    Provide entry into the real world Structure the educational experience Demonstrate your knowledge and skills listed on your resume

Why should you care?    Internships Job Interviews Promotional tool

Drive Traffic to Your Portfolio Business Card Digital Portfolio Email Signature

Where do I start?  Collect your materials     Back-up and save your work! TWICE! Document the purpose of each piece, important concepts and reflect on it (personal assessment) Conceptualize your thoughts Once you know the content/materials for your website; then you can determine your direction  This can also help identify gaps in your knowledge

Information Architecture  The combination of:     organization, labeling, and navigational schemes Categorize your sections to best organize your information and gives an overview of what you do

What do you mean by ‘digital narrative’?   The portfolio should tell the story of YOU Creating and maintaining a dynamic resume of your experiences     Life Work Study What do I want to do? (Career Goal)

My Website Current Portfolio (Teaching)   Home About  Bio Vitae        Old Portfolio (Designer) Teaching Portfolio Speaking Publications Contact  Home About Design     Graphic Web Resume Contact

Who am I?  Professional Profile     Graphic Designer Web designer/developer Social media fan Instructor/educator  Education  Both of these areas are highlighted in my about, teaching, & portfolio sections

Doug Strahler  Academic/Teaching Experience  Syracuse University     Onondaga Community College    Web design Multimedia Graphic Design Web design Graphic Design Slippery Rock University    Web design Social Media Issues in Communication Technology

Professional Experience  Professional Experience     Employer Position/Title Dates Description of your responsibilities (be descriptive)     Don’t: Designed brochures Do: Organized content and created brochures to be utilized for the promotion of Department of Communication using the Adobe Creative Suite. Don’t: Ran Facebook page Do: Developed the content editorial calendar for and managed the Facebook page for the Department of Communication, where it saw a 50% increase in Likes and Engagement over my first month.

Professional Experience  Make sure to get approval from the client to post the work to your portfolio website!   Send internship coordinators or employers an email to get permission and save the approval If it is a hypothetical or class work, make sure to emphasis that in your description

Portfolio Examples  Each portfolio piece should have a 1-2 sentence description about the piece. Answer the questions:      What is the piece? What did you create it for? (Class, Internship, Job) What software did you use? (if applicable) Add screenshots of work, but make sure you are consistent across pages Be descriptive – you have the space too

What do I put on my homepage?   Consider it a buffet or preview to your site for you to provide snippets or lead-ins to site sections You a writer? Create a blog related to your field

Student Examples: Kelly Rhoades

Student Examples: Josh Smith

Student Examples: Allie McClernon

Student Examples: Nicole Yale

What else should you do?  Begin to manage your digital identity        Resume YouTube Blog LinkedIn Twitter Be familiar with what is going on in your field! Tailor your portfolio for the job you want

Where can I create my website? Or use a website builder you are already familiar with – these are just suggestions!

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