Auburn University public relations students all relish their time in Robert French’s class titled “Style and Design” where the students are able to fully create an online resume and portfolio. This class utilizes HTML and CSS coding to create a website unique to each person. However, Auburn offers a program for students of all majors to create an online resume without having to be a pr major.
This initiative was started in fall 2013 to aid students in the job search process in a way that truly distinguishes them from other job applicants. Online resumes are a new trend that can show creativity and hard work through an easily accessed online resource. The ePortfolio website states that the ePortfolios are helpful to “Communicate and showcase skills, experiences, and learning, contain diverse artifacts—documents and media and contextualize those artifacts for potential employers, graduate schools, etc. “
ePortfolios can include past work experiences, a portfolio, skills, education or future job desires and the program helps students and faculty articulate these in the ePortfolio.
Megan Lankford, lead ambassador for the ePortfolio project, said she works to gain faculty involvement as well as students. “I work to assist faculty by presenting to classes or answering questions that faculty members may have,” Lankford said. Faculty can implement ePortfolios into their classroom as well as help students create their own and the program provides faculty with the resources to do so.
The ePortfolio website gives students and faculty steps to get involved and begin creating their own ePortfolio. Although this doesn’t teach HTML or CSS coding as in a style and design class, the finished product is unique to each student. The website breaks down how to get started and what to include in the content of the ePortfolio. Lankford said she aids students in creating their own ePortfolios.
“Our goal is to make students feel prepared and set apart when graduating and entering the work force and give faculty the same resources to aid their students in this goal,” said Lankford.
Workshops are available throughout each semester that instruct students and faculty on how to make a standout ePortfolio. Coming up there are student workshops on October 7 and 8 and faculty workshops to help engage faculty on how to get started with the program.
There are many ways to get involved with the program, through the workshops and becoming an ambassador to other students and faculty.
The ePortfolio project is an initiative through the Auburn University Office of University Writing that encourages writing throughout the university.
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