Student Life

Working Portfolio

Basics: it's personal and private

The Working portfolio in the ePortfolio environment is a completely private space in which you can document learning, work experiences and skills form various areas of life. The key idea is that the working portfolio is a personal archive that compiles not just the best samples and most important experiences or courses, but also various personally significant milestones that illustrate your development.

Building your working portfolio is a continuous, long term process. Update it regularly, for example after each semester or period. It is also a good idea to review and evaluate your language skills every now and then.

How to get started

You can find ePortfolio at Sign in with your JyU network username and password.

When you enter you Working portfolio for the first time, it is empty. You can add profile information, like your background and contact information and profile picture, through clicking your name or My profile -button. If you want to change the language of your portfolio, select Settings.

Profiilitietojen täyttäminen

In description you can briefly describe yourself in your own words. You can describe for example your background, goals or interests. There are few examples of description:

Communication student with a passion of making the world a better place. 
Educationalist who is interested in personal learning environments and experience based learning.

You can always return to edit your description as needed or when you come up with the good description.

Compiling sections of Working portfolio

You can start compiling your Working portfolio at any section through clicking the green plus sign and filling in the required information. Obligatory information is marked with a red square. You can later return to add or edit the information as needed. Click the View help -button if you need help or more information.

Tyhjä työportfolio ohjemerkeillä

Below you can see the descriptions for the various sections of the working portfolio with some suggestions for their contents and use. Some of the titles are rather obvious, but pay attention especially to texts, folders and blogs as these tools serve you in supporting and making explicit you learning process or gathering samples and evidence of your work.

  • Education
    • Matriculation examination, qualifications, degrees etc: completed and in progress.
  • Studies
    • Individual courses or larger modules, depending on the level of detail needed for the portfolio purposes.
  • Work experience
    • Work, summer jobs, internships, etc.
  • Language skills
    • Make use of the common European language framework and evaluate your language skills. You may also set some goals for improvement. If you want to include a written self-evaluation of your linguistic competence, you can use for example the “Writings” tool to create a text field.
  • Intercultural experience
    • Intercultural experience is any period of time in which you have been able to use foreign languages, for example a stay abroad or participation in a multicultural group activity.
  • Texts
    • This tool can practically be used for anything. It creates text fields that you can place in the display portfolio. For example:
      • Introductions and summaries for your portfolios: ”This portfolio presents my development…” The materials in this section show how…” ”My strengths are…”
      • Summary of your skills/language & communication competence etc.
      • Self-reflection and evaluation.
      • Bringing external content: links to your social media profiles; books you have read; links to content in cloud services such as Google Drive, Onedrive or Dropbox.
  • Arts and sciences experience
    • Scientific activity includes research publications, or editorial work, membership in academic associations, papers and presentations in academic conferences, grants, participation in academic research etc. Art activities include concerts, art grants and prizes, exhibitions etc.
  • Blogs
    • Blogs are private until you share them. Use them as journals, for note taking, for tracking your development, goals and so forth. Notice that as you click "New" you create a new blog: adding a blog post takes place through clicking the "Contents" next to the blog title and then selecting "New post".
  • Other experience
    • Experience from voluntary work, sports, hobbies, activities. Anything that doesn't fit the other categories.
  • Folders
    • Folders are for storing files: images, texts, documents, powerpoints, video, etc. You may create multiple folders, and name them according to a course you are attending, according to the field of expertise or around a general theme. You may want to include display your best work, but as this is private space, you may want to store something that you are not specifically proud of: it may help you to track your development later or pinpoint your learning.

When adding experiences, notice also the Skills -tab and select the skills you find relevant to the experience in question: your experience will then be visible in the Skills & competences matrix accordingly.