Online Portfolios (aka e-Portfolios)
Traditional portfolios are essentially an organised showcase demonstrating skills that could be of use for future employment. E-portfolios use the Internet as the medium for the showcase.
LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/) is a site commonly used by professionals to store their e-portfolios.
Mahara is an online content management system that can also be used for creating, organising and storing e-portfolios. As an EIT student, I can have access to myPortfolio (http://myportfolio.ac.nz) which is a Mahara based application. Compared to LinkedIn, Mahara is a bit restrictive as far as general access goes, as you have to log in to Mahara to see any e-portfolios. It is ideal if you want the restrictive access though.
Below is a partial screen capture of the myPortfolio dashboard:
In myPortfolio you can add personal details to your Profile, upload Files to share, create a Resume, post Journal / blog entries, and create pages to share including uploaded files. There are a variety of sharing options, including sharing with all users, a specific user / Friend or a Group of users that you belong to – you can also message your Friends and Group members like in social networking sites.
In the process of experimenting with a couple of things, I produced a page, including an uploaded image, to share with the lecturer, and uploaded a picture to place on my public profile – which acts as an avatar.
Here’s an introduction to Mahara: