Online Career Services: Blogs as ePortfolios

This blog began as a “paperless poster” presentation at the 17th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning in Orlando, FL. It will continue as an ongoing hub for resources, examples, and feedback (from you!) about the use of blogging formats for career portfolios.


Students in higher education need to demonstrate their skills and academic achievements to potential employers. In today’s job market, students can showcase their work via ePortfolios. The features and functionality offered by blog platforms easily consolidate examples and create a place for recruiters to review them.

Explore the pages provided on this blog to find out more about how this format can be used to demonstrate student work as part of career development and the job search process.

Objectives of this presentation include:

  • comparison of different types of student portfolios,
  • research related to ePortfolios and blogging platforms,
  • presentation of examples,
  • current resources for getting started with blogging and eportfolios, and
  • recommendations for career services professionals, students, faculty, and employers.

Thank you for stopping by the poster session on Thursday, November 10th, 2011! Consider submitting your ideas and questions on this site even after the conference.

Thank you!

About the Presenter:

Melissa A. Venable, PhD is an Education Writer for OnlineCollege.org where she authors the Inside Online Learning blog. Her background includes work in higher education – private, public, and for-profit – as an instructional designer and curriculum developer. Melissa is also an experienced instructor, academic advisor, and career counselor working with both undergraduate and graduate students. She earned her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction – Instructional Technology from the University of South Florida. Melissa also writes a personal blog for instructional designers: Design Doc. You can contact Melissa via email (melissa @ onlinecollege.org) or Twitter (@Melissa_Venable).

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