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ePortfolio Training

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E-Portfolios: Storytelling Your Accomplishments and Creating a Dynamic Online Presence 


Speaker bio (250 words or less, each speaker)


Dr. Starr Hoffman has been a digital collections librarian, department head, muralist, and disillusioned art student. After earning her MLS and MA, she couldn’t help but earn her PhD in Higher Education to figure out what makes educational institutions tick. She’s had a website since 1997 and a blog since 2005: http://geekyartistlibrarian.wordpress.com. She’s a CMS fan and social media junkie, and believes that the world would be a better place if more people knew librarians. She's passionate about helping librarians exhibit their full range of skills with professionalism. Starr preaches that technology should be simple, fun, and serve a purpose aside from shiny newness.


Matilda Roach is a long-time online citizen, having first staked a presence with her own bulletin board system before everything was quite so connected. With a career in online education that has spanned over a decade, she's been entrenched in all phases of course and content development as a coder, a developer, a designer, and a trainer. She's currently finishing off her MS in Instructional Technology and Design, and spends her days supporting supercomputers and flexing her geek powers. A tech evangelist, Matilda likes helping reluctant users over their fear of the first click and letting them in on the secret that new tools really enhance those classic skill sets they've had all along.



Description of your talk (250 words or less)


As the digital world becomes increasingly ubiquitous, librarians must think proactively about their presence online. An online portfolio (or ePortfolio) is more than simply a tool for job-seekers; it’s a way to track and effectively present the instructional, research, and creative activities that librarians routinely perform. An ePortfolio is more than a website with contact information and a job history—it’s a dynamic exhibition of accomplishments, unique talents, and a portal to wider social media presence. During this day-long workshop, two edu-tech professionals will walk the audience through creating an ePortfolio, rethinking how to present their professional accomplishments, and how to use social media in creative, professionally productive ways. (All software used in the workshop will be free, simple tools.)


Equipment note: Participants who bring laptops / iPads / tablets will be able to step through the process during the workshop. Those without laptops will be able to make progress planning their ePortfolio using the provided handouts and in-class exercises.


Learning Objectives:

  • Create a WordPress ePortfolio
  • Customize the ePortfolio layout, theme, and navigation
  • Design an avatar and banner image
  • Organize ePortfolio around unique accomplishments and skills – no ePortfolio should look the same as another
  • Brainstorm “hidden” talents, accomplishments, and projects
  • Learn how to best describe and present these skills online
  • Maximize online presence with social networking strategies, blog tips, and strategies to discover what works best 



  • Brainstorming a theme, title, and tagline for your ePortfolio
  • Basic set-up with Wordpress.com
  • Exercise: Brainstorming your ePortfolio organization (with examples)
  • Exercise: Storytelling your accomplishments
  • The quick-and-dirty guide to better graphics



Conference Theme: Smart Solutions to Real Challenges, (keep this in mind for the proposal) 





The strongest workshop proposals will communicate a clear sense of the workshop; its goalsobjectives, and plan to either transfer knowledge to or increase the skills of the conference delegates. The workshop content should be current, supported by research and consistent with best practices. 


Learning Objectives: It can be helpful to begin with stating a need or problem that needs to be addressed. Your workshop is then a possible solution to the problem posed. Specify what skills you expect participants attending your workshop to learn/and or to be able to do in measurable, realistic, and time-bound terms. The description should engage the reader and promote interest. Learning objectives allow participants to assess what they will gain from attending your workshop and whether they will want to attend it. Workshops with clear outcomes will have a better chance of being selected. 



  • ·       No single place to collect and explain your online presence
  • ·       LinkedIn doesn’t adequately reflect your unique talents and accomplishments, and everyone’s page looks the same
  • ·       There’s not a good way to show some of your more interesting accomplishments in a CV, LinkedIn, or cover letter
  • ·       You need a “home” for your online professional presence
  • ·       You’d like to be able to use your social media activity (for instance, on Twitter) as an advertisement that points to a larger picture of your professional accomplishments 


So you have a handful of social media accounts and a LinkedIn profile that may or may not represent you well. Looking for a way to set yourself apart from other job candidates? Trying to update your CV, and struggling with how to best represent your work? Would you like to have a "home" online for your accomplishments and a place for your social media accounts to point to? 


This workshop will help you create a dynamic online portfolio and presence. Learn how to organize your professional information on a website and how to make it more interesting than an online version of your CV or resume. Brainstorm ways to show your skills that aren't easily showcased in a print CV/resume, and make your content live with vibrant images! You'll come away with a turn-key ePortfolio, savvy social media tips, and may even be ready to brush up your CV! Learn from a higher education techie and a librarian experienced in ePortfolio design.  


Workshop format: (Presentation, lecture plus group/individual work, hands-on activities...?) Those who bring laptops will benefit from hands-on instruction. Those without a laptop will learn the basic concepts and perform exercises designed to make setting up their ePortfolio later a snap.


Workshop materials (?): handouts... 



Grabbing intro sentence about content, problems this workshop will solve, what you'll learn. Who you'll learn from (experts). This workshop will: OUTCOMES. 


Sharpen your search skills, keep up with the changing web world and learn the vital elements of effective research at WebSearch Academy. WebSearch Academy offers the perfect opportunity to learn from world-class power searchers. This workshop will enhance your search creativity, provide essential information about changes in search engines, introduce new resources, and put it in context for serious researchers.


Are you concerned that you are not maximising the potential of the many tools available to you? Do you know your mash-ups from your APIs? How are your data visualisation skills? Could you be using emerging technologies more imaginatively? What new technologies could you use to inspire, inform and educate your users? Learn about some of the most interesting emerging technologies and explore their potential for information professionals.

The workshop will combine a range of presentations and discussions about emerging information skills and techniques with some practical ‘makes’ to explore how a variety of free tools and applications can be appropriated and plugged together to create powerful information handling tools with few, if any, programming skills required.


Topics include:

  • How to showcase accomplishments, rather than responsibilities 
  • Creating a basic e-Portfolio website and navigational structure
  • Brainstorming talents and accomplishments that are uniquely you...
  • Truly showing your personality and talents (learn how to storytell about yourself?)
  • Image editing for non-techies
  • Strategies for using social media, determining which social tools work best for you 


Course Objectives:

  • learn to write accomplishments for each job you've held, rather than responsibilities
  • learn shortcuts, tools, and techniques for taking and editing photographs for your portfolio 
  • how to write an engaging bio/blurb
  • create an avatar, site banner, and tagline 
  • making your portfolio stand out, be uniquely "you" 
  • scheduling and making a habit of keeping your portfolio content updated
  • using a wiki or dropbox, etc., to host documents (CV, resume) 


Presenter names, professional credentials, familiarity with material. (In the proposal, this will go in two separate "speaker bio" sections of 250 words each.

Dr. Starr Hoffman has presented on ePortfolios and related topics... Has helped craft portfolios for various professionals... Expertise in academic libraries and higher education, emerging technologies... 


Matilda Roach is a systems engineer at Texas Woman's University and an instructional designer at-large. She's passionate about the use of technology in education, and teaching others about how to use it well. 


List the course objectives. Objectives are those skills the students will have learned by the end of the course. Again, objectives should be specific. 


The strongest workshop proposals will communicate a clear sense of the workshop; its goals, objectivesand plan to either transfer knowledge to or increase the skills of the conference delegates. The workshop content should be current, supported by research and consistent with best practices. 


Learning Objectives: It can be helpful to begin with stating a need or problem that needs to be addressed. Your workshop is then a possible solution to the problem posed. Specify what skills you expect participants attending your workshop to learn/and or to be able to do in measurable, realistic, and time-bound terms. The description should engage the reader and promote interest. Learning objectives allow participants to assess what they will gain from attending your workshop and whether they will want to attend it. Workshops with clear outcomes will have a better chance of being selected. 


Format: Provide an outline of the methodology to be used in each section, from introduction to conclusion. Identify discussion vs. small group work, case-study, demonstration, role play, small group activities or problem-based learning, and include timeframes during the workshop duration. A good workshop will maintain interest and utilize varied methods to reach participants. We recommend that you conduct action planning with participants to ensure delegates can follow-up with you as they implement what they learnt to improve their practice. 


Materials: Specify the types of handouts or other resources that will be provided to attendees during the workshop.



Tools to consider using/teaching:

  • WordPress (as foundation)
  • Images: Snapseed, Instagram, Photoshop Express (mobile or web), Flickr / Aviary (web), Flickr Toys Mosaic (web)
  • Embedding video/presentations: Slideshare, Youtube, hacking Prezi to upload as PDF
  • Document hosting: Dropbox, Box.net, PBworks 
  • Screenshots/captures: Jing, Camtasia, Captivate 
  • Widgets / links to various social media accounts 



1. Content


  • Photo basics: background, lighting
  • Photos of you (how to take them, posing, what photos are good to use)
  • Images of your work (screenshots, photographs of documents / books / projects)
  • Editing images (crop, light, contrast)



  • Resume / CV content:
    • education
    • experience: quantifiable, measured, impact, contribution, etc. (spreadsheet, areas to consider)
    • teaching experience: courses, syllabi, student work (IF PERMISSION to use)
    • teaching philosophy
    • research interests / statement of scholarly interests / etc.  
    • technical proficiencies 
    • what makes you unique, what do people comment on in your work, what meaningful changes have you made? 
  • design work, creative work
  • publications -- LINK to online publications (or pre-prints in IR), upload IF YOU HAVE FULL RIGHTS (how to find that out) 
  • presentations
  • teaching (semester-long) or instruction (info literacy) -- guest lecture titles, courses taught, linked syllabi, list learning objects, assessments / evaluations used, etc. (SEE PROFESSOR PORTFOLIOS FOR EXAMPLES) 
  • service - describing committee work and outcomes
  • other professional activity (training, conferences attended, etc.)
  • projects vs. on-going duties...
  • things difficult to represent in a CV / resume


2. Organization

  • Mockup of front page
  • Site map mockup--where should information go? What's most important to show? 


3. Creation (WordPress Basics) 

  • Title and tagline

  • Choosing a visual theme
    • Advanced themes, CSS, backgrounds 
    • other advantages to upgrading WordPress.com or installing WordPress.org 
  • Menus, navigation
    • (think about organization)  
  • Widgets (Advanced "Appearances") 
  • Pages vs. Posts (how to use them, even if you don't blog)
    • To blog or not to blog
  • Documentation and media:
    • Uploading documents / linking 
      • WHAT to include: thesis/dissertation, OA articles (CHECK your rights!!), writing samples (reports, lit review from school), CV/resume as PDF  
    • Uploading presentations / linking / embedding (PPT files vs. PDFs, vs. social media prezi / slideshare embedding)
    • Including images 
  • Including (and LINKING TO) other social media presence (and quantifying)
  • Keeping information updated (schedule reminders, enter info after every prof dev activity)



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