With everything else that’s happening in your life, it may be difficult to keep track of the courses you’ve taken, the skills you’ve gained, and even the milestones you’ve achieved (you know, the ones that seem to vanish in a haze when it comes to writing them down in your resume or CV).
This is where the brand new OpenLearning Portfolio can help.
Whether you’re a student seeking employment opportunities, or a working professional looking to advance your career, do away with your mental checklist of things to say during an interview and let your Portfolio speak for you.
“So, what is the OpenLearning Portfolio?” you ask. Three basic ideas:
1. It’s a repository of your interests, experience and capabilities
Your Portfolio instantly collects your achievements on the OpenLearning platform – from completed activities, to certificates and badges. All of this is accessible through your Profile Page:
After completing a ‘shared activity’ within a course (e.g. an activity where you have shared an image, text, video or document), it will automatically be added as a post in your Portfolio.
You can then curate your Portfolio by choosing which post to show or hide, as shown below:
This way, you can choose which evidence to present to others as a way of verifying skills.
2. It’s a tool for you to reflect on your learning experiences
The Portfolio enables you to review, evaluate and invite feedback on your best assignments and ideas by conveniently capturing your entire learning and personal development journey.
Learning becomes so much more effective when you can easily keep track of your progress and accomplishments — that’s why we’ve added the ‘tag’ feature, which you can use to categorise and search through your artefacts.
What was that thing you learned about coffee-making, again? Don’t worry, you tagged it! Now you can enjoy that nice cup of coffee 😉
Using tags will also allow you to add keywords for ease of discovery by others.
3. It’s a platform to help you discover, connect with and grow your network
Looking for an internship, applying to graduate schools or interviewing for a job?
We’ve built the Portfolio to help you market yourself to your peers, professors or prospective employers — without them having to log in to OpenLearning.
With a few clicks, you can instantly share your Portfolio with them, demonstrating your skills with a level of authenticity that is difficult to communicate on paper.
At the end of the day, it comes down to this: more than just a job search tool, the Portfolio is ultimately a lifelong learning resource. Portfolios link learning outcomes to skills and employment pathways, making them a valuable feature for course creators and students.
Start building your Portfolio today; you might just uncover unexpected opportunities!
The OpenLearning Portfolio is currently an enhanced feature that is being rolled out in phases to selected institutions. Check with your course facilitators to see if the feature is available in their courses, or get in touch with our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.