Access to studentfolio
studentfolio (https://folio.brighton.ac.uk) is a hosted service which means you have access from anywhere with an internet connection. The first time you go to the site you should login with your usual university username and password. Your account will then be created and will remain active until 12months AFTER graduation.
This means you can continue editing and releasing portfolio pages after you graduate for 12 months. After this point if you wish to continue accessing your content you can 'export' your content and pages. More about what happens and how to manage your portfolio after graduation can be found here. What happens to my portfolio when I graduate?
NOTE - After your access to studentfolio has expired your existing content will not be removed, so if you've made your pages 'Public', they will still be indexed by search engines.
Why Use it?
There are many reasons for spending time developing an ePortfolio, from having a personal space to keep a record of projects and learning, developing good digital literacy skills and most importantly creating a professional online presence.
Developing a Digital Profile
Step 1 - Google yourself and then think about the following....
- Is it you that comes back? and does this matter?
- What comes back about you? Is there anything that you would prefer a potential employer not to see?
Your digital profile is you online footprint, it's what you've put online as yourself and what other have put online about you. When making appilcations for employment most potential employers will do an online search for you and expect to find something about you.
If they search for your name and nothing comes back they will add your area of specialism to your name and repeat the search....does it matter if nothing comes back?
If you're engaged in your subject specialism there is an expectation that you will have created an online profile that reflects this and made connections with experts in your field.
Try searching for the following examples.
Examples of People who do this really well
- Chris Spooner (graphic designer)
- Kayleigh Leonie (lawyer)
- Steve Wheeler (academic)
- Charming Baker (artist)
Examples of people who have done it poorly
- Paris Brown
- Emma Way
Step 2 - Tidy up existing social media site. De-Tag yourself from content you're unhappy about and if possible remove comments.
Step 3 - Keep a record of projects and work experience on your ePortfolio site and start building a professional presence and network on social media sites like Linkedin and Twitter and link back to your ePortfolio web pages.
Step 4 - Be active, up to date and interesting, in other words be commited and keep content up to date.