Portfolios

The Faculty of Arts is supporting an initiative for undergraduates to develop e-portfolios. My students for GEOB270 are making portfolios.

Especially as graduating students, I suggest that you create a portfolio with your work to date in your GIScience courses. I would be happy to meet with you and help you with the design, and content of a professional portfolio. Listed below are some instructions for the 270 students in the creation of a WordPress blog to host the portfolio. You can take your assignments for this class and upload them to a portfolio.

5% of the course for the look and feel and content of the portfolio site.

What is a portfolio and why do a portfolio online (an “e-portfolio”)? 

Students will create their portfolios on WordPress with a UBC blogs web address.  Each student is responsible for creating, designing and maintaining their own WordPress portfolio.  The purpose of this portfolio is to:

  • Create a dynamic archive of students’ academic materials and learning process that will be available to students both before and after graduation
  • Showcase student work and display it in a format that can be linked to via personal or professional websites
  • Reflect on students’ coursework experience
  • Record thoughts and observations on students’ knowledge and skills development

How do I make a portfolio? 

Written instructions and videos of how to create a WordPress blog site for your portfolio are here: https://eportfolios.sites.olt.ubc.ca/

Your assignments will be submitted for marking to your blog site.  For the first assignment, you will send your instructor your blog site link, where you have posted your assignments. For the rest of your assignments, you will simply post your assignment to your blog before the due date of the assignment.

Accomplishment Statements

  • What is an accomplishment statement? A statement used to describe the duties and tasks you completed where you highlight an accomplishment or a skill you developed. You may be familiar with writing accomplishment statements about jobs you’ve done, but through your UBC portfolio you’ll see how you can mine your course learning to demonstrate your GIS / geospatial data expertise for future employment contexts.
  • How do I write an effective accomplishment statement?

To write an effective accomplishment statement, use the following formula:

Verb + Task = Result

Verb: Use an action verb to describe your responsibility or action you took.  Be sure to use a variety of verbs

Task: What duty did you complete or what was your responsibility?

Result; What was the outcome of completing that task? There are 2 kinds of results you can include – Qualitative: things you learned, such as skills and Quantitative –  A concrete end product; something you produced

Individual Professional Development Reflection on the course (70-80 words)

Review all of your assignments and course work, and write a Personal Statement of 3-4 sentences (approximately 8-100 words) that describes who you are based on the skills and experience you have in light of your learning in Geospatial data visualization (GEOG 472).

Think about your friends and family (you will be asked way too many times when you graduate what you learned, what you want to do with it) and potential employers as your audience for this statement. Submit the statement by putting it on the homepage of the e-portfolio you’ve created for this course.

To create your Personal Statement, you may want to consider some or all of the following questions:

  • In what circumstances and under what conditions do you learn best?
  • What did you learn about yourself when working as part of a team in this course?
  • What is one thing that surprised you about geospatial data visualization/what you learned in this course?
  • What have been the proudest highlights of your learning in Geography 472? What are your main disappointments?
  • If a friend asked you what you learned in Geography 472, what are 2 things you would say?
  • If someone asked you why you were studying Geography, and specifically GIScience, what would you say?

Thinking about these questions and creating your statement should also help you review course content, which you’ll need to do as part of your preparation for your final exam.

Your Personal Statement could be useful to you in professional contexts in the future, such as:

  • As a way to introduce yourself at a networking event (like a GSA networking event, a professional association event you might attend, or at a work gathering for a future job)—this kind of statement can also be called an “Elevator Pitch”
  • As a summary statement at the start of your resume or in a cover letter
  • As part of an answer to a common interview question: “Tell me about yourself.”

More information about Accomplishment Statements and Resumes

Check out http://students.ubc.ca/career/resources/resumes#resumes

How can I describe what I learned in this course for my portfolio and for job applications? Read these tips from Student Services!