Module 4: ePortfolio

e-Portfolio: Four Great Reasons!

Getting yourself online has many benefits. Included here are four great reasons why you having an ePorfolio is so important:

  1. Having a web site gives you credibility. It says that you can create your own web site and that you know how to disseminate information to the Internet.
  2. A web site gives prospective employers access to information about you 24-hours a day. They can learn more about you and your work virtually anytime and anywhere.
  3. Publishing your web site shows that you are up-to-date and current with technology.
  4. A web site also increases your exposure to the field of library and information science and other professionals in the field.

The important thing to remember is that people use information in really interesting ways. The Web is just one remarkable and instant way to do this. The future of the Internet has just begun and the “new new thing” is already happening. The Web’s ability to connect people with things they are interested in is so powerful. Learn to harness that power and empower yourselves. Download the WebTeam ePortfolio handout! Right-click HERE and “save as” to get the PDF file.

Let’s Get Started!

Basic CSS Template

Below is a link to a set of CSS-based html files which you can use as the basis for your ePortfolio, if you like. Because it is CSS-based, you can change the colors and text layout to suit your own tastes very easily – though we recommend keeping the basic page layout, because it is tested to work in Netscape, Firefox, and IE without gliches. Good luck! Click below to open the template site in a new window:

Click below to download the files individually. Right click on the file you want, and click “save target / link as” to save to you computer. There are six files, and you need to put all six in the same directory to make it work:

Known Issues: When saving the above files in Internet Explorer, they will be named .htm by default. To be consistent with how the code was written in the template, you must rename the file extension: .html Our current recommendation is to view this page in Mozilla Firefox or Safari and save the files from there in order to avoid this issue.

Other Samples

Listed below are the four e-portfolio templates that were created for University of Hawaii LIS students to use depending on area of interest. The School Media Librarian template is the only template with fully functional links. Browse this template to get a full preview. The other three templates present design ideas for your e-portfolio main page. Clicking on the links below will open a new browser window.

Downloading Instructions

Follow the five simple steps below and you’ll be up and running in no time!

Step One.

Download the template of your choice by placing your mouse over one of the links below and with your right mouse button, click the link, and select SAVE TARGET AS… (or for MAC users Save Link As…) from the menu list that pops up. Save the zip file to your desktop.

Step Two.

Unzip the folder which contains your files and extract them to a file on your desktop.

Step Three.

Begin editing your HTML files by opening your index.html file in Notepad++ (download by clicking the link) or on Notepad, which should already be on your computer and can be found under Accessories.

Step Four.

Once you have completed editing your HTML files and personalized the content, make sure you save everything, and then upload the files to you student server space.

How to Personalize Your Content

How to Change the Color and Look of Your Template