Online Portfolios: The New Way to Market Yourself

Presenters: Donna Love & Leslie Martin, Gaston College How do you sell yourself online? How do you easily provide potential employers with examples of your work and display your skills? What are two free options of creating an online portfolio? What is an E-Portfolio and how can it be used? This presentation will demonstrate and discuss tools that are being used in our courses to create E-Portfolios to share with potential employers. We will show you how we use the online portfolios as the final exam and culminating experience for our courses in helping students promote themselves online. The E-Porfolios in our classes meet the course outcomes for the courses. We will show you some of the portfolios that our students have created using two free programs.

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Online Portfolios: The New Way to Market Yourself

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Presenters: Donna Love & Leslie Martin, Gaston College How do you sell yourself online? How do you easily provide potential employers with examples of your work and display your skills? What are two free options of creating an online portfolio? What is an E-Portfolio and how can it be used? This presentation will demonstrate and discuss tools that are being used in our courses to create E-Portfolios to share with potential employers. We will show you how we use the online portfolios as the final exam and culminating experience for our courses in helping students promote themselves online. The E-Porfolios in our classes meet the course outcomes for the courses. We will show you some of the portfolios that our students have created using two free programs.
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  1. Online Portfolios: The New Way to Market Yourself

    Slide 1 - Online Portfolios: The New Way to Market Yourself

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  2. Why are we here?

    Slide 2 - Why are we here?

    • Why use E-Portfolios?
    • Introduce two types of e-portfolios used
    • Demonstrate both types we have used
    • Discuss items included in each type of portfolio
    • Discuss ways the e-portfolios can be shared with potential employers
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  3. Why use E-Portfolios?

    Slide 3 - Why use E-Portfolios?

    • Give students an opportunity to showcase skills
    • Give students an opportunity to organize examples of documents
    • Employers have documentation to view after interview
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  4. Advantages of E-Portfolios

    Slide 4 - Advantages of E-Portfolios

    • Allows hiring manager to see the functionality of the job candidate’s work
    • Having an e-portfolio sets the job candidate apart from those who don’t
    • Offers proof of candidate’s skills and competencies—shows potential employer what you can do
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  5. Creating an online Professional Portfolio

    Slide 5 - Creating an online Professional Portfolio

    • Google Sites
    • Live Binder
    • College Central
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  6. Creating a Professional E-mail Account

    Slide 6 - Creating a Professional E-mail Account

    • Create a professional e-mail account using Google
    • E-mail account should include your first and last name
    • Examples
    • leslie_martin1202@gmail.com
    • lesliemartin2014@gmail.com
    • donnaloveatgastoncollege@gmail.com
    • You will need to log into the G-mail account to access Google Sites
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  7. Googlesites.com

    Slide 7 - Googlesites.com

    • Free
    • Easy to Use
    • Can create items right in site
    • More theme choices
    • Can attach documents
    • Send potential employers web address
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  8. Accessing Google Sites

    Slide 8 - Accessing Google Sites

    • Log into your G-Mail Account
    • Click the Apps button
    • Click the More link and then Even More link
    • Scroll to the Home & Office Section
    • Click on Sites
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  9. Create a Google Site—Online Portfolio

    Slide 9 - Create a Google Site—Online Portfolio

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    • Click on Create
    • Choose your Template at this point
    • Name the site (the URL will appear in the box as you are creating the site)
    • Select your theme
    • Set up a site description
    • Key in the code
    • Click Create at the top of the screen.
  10. Opening Page of Site

    Slide 10 - Opening Page of Site

    • Site opens
    • Create your opening page
    • Include an introduction
    • Include a picture of you.
    • Should be one that is appropriate for potential employers to see.
    • Should not be taken yourself
    • Head shot only
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  11. Create New Pages

    Slide 11 - Create New Pages

    • Click the New Page button
    • Name your page and determine where it is to be located in your portfolio.
    • Click Create
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  12. Add Information to the Page

    Slide 12 - Add Information to the Page

    • Add information in the textbox
    • Add Files (the file will not show up—will only provide link) make sure you describe file in textbox if you are adding files
    • Post any comments
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  13. Format the Page

    Slide 13 - Format the Page

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  14. More Options

    Slide 14 - More Options

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    • Print the Page
    • Copy the Page
    • Move the Page
    • Delete Page
    • Edit the Site Layout
    • Manage the Site
    • Set up Sharing and Permissions
    • Access Help
  15. Managing the Site

    Slide 15 - Managing the Site

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    • Click Pages to Move Pages
    • Click Attachments to see a list of files you can attach
    • Adjust the Page Template by clicking on Page Template
    • Click App Scripts to add New Scripts
    • Click Deleted Items to view deleted items in the site
    • Sharing and Permissions to view the link to share the site
    • Click Themes, Colors and Font to adjust each of these
  16. Sharing the Site

    Slide 16 - Sharing the Site

    • Locate the URL to share with potential employers or instructor
    • Click Sharing and Permissions through the Manage Site link or through the More link.
    • Copy the Link to Share to allow others to access your site
    • Make sure your site is Public on the Web
    • You can also Invite People by entering e-mail addresses
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  17. Professional Portfolios Include

    Slide 17 - Professional Portfolios Include

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  18. Examples of Google Site

    Slide 18 - Examples of Google Site

    • This site shows an example of how you can use this site to create notes for a class
    • https://sites.google.com/site/ost289gaston/
    • These sites show examples of Online Portfolios (Google Sites)
    • https://sites.google.com/site/lesliemartin1202/
    • https://sites.google.com/site/ost289examplw/
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  19. Livebinder.com

    Slide 19 - Livebinder.com

    • Free
    • Easy to Use
    • Save files as PDFs and add them to the account
    • Send access address to prospective employers
    • Send access key as part of e-mail
    • Make sure access key is professional
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  20. Set up Live Binder Account

    Slide 20 - Set up Live Binder Account

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    • www.livebinder.com
    • Click Signup
    • Complete Registration information
    • Remember username and password set up to login to account
  21. Live Binder Opening Screen

    Slide 21 - Live Binder Opening Screen

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  22. Binder Settings

    Slide 22 - Binder Settings

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    • Click Binder Setting
    • Set up Binder Name and Description
    • Choose a color background or tab color for the binder.
    • Set up your Access Key.
  23. Tab Settings

    Slide 23 - Tab Settings

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    • Click Tab Settings
    • Name the Tab
    • Set the current tab color
    • Set the default tab color
    • Set tab layout and text layout.
    • This creates a new sheet in your Live Binder portfolio.
  24. Adding Content

    Slide 24 - Adding Content

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    • Add a Web Link
    • Uploading a File—these files need to be saved as PDF files to show up best in the Live Binder.
    • Add Other Content
    • Set up text layout
  25. Sharing the Live Binder Portfolio

    Slide 25 - Sharing the Live Binder Portfolio

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    • There are different ways you can share the Live Binder account. The one that my students have found to be easiest is the E-mail. However, you can do it these other ways as well.
  26. Sharing the Live Binder through E-mail

    Slide 26 - Sharing the Live Binder through E-mail

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    • Click Share
    • Click E-mail
    • Copy and paste the information for me or you can send me the e-mail. See example. I need the http://www.livebinders.com/play/play/1231187 and the Access Key so that I can view your Live binder.
    • Share with potential employers
  27. Example of a Live Binder Portfolio

    Slide 27 - Example of a Live Binder Portfolio

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    • This site shows an example of an Online Portfolio (Live Binder Site)
    • http://www.livebinders.com/play/play/1231187
    • access key Example
  28. Questions

    Slide 28 - Questions

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