ePortfolios as spaces for Virtual HRD

Sophisticated technologies are creating highly intuitive and collaborative spaces. According to Bennett, McWhorter and Sankey (2012), electronic portfolios (ePortfolios) offer metrics for tracking performance improvement and competency progression in graduate medical education (GME).

Further, ePortfolios foster transition from higher education to the workforce by providing opportunities for students to “showcase” their best work, reflection, and documentation of development over time (Light, Chen & Ittelson, 2012). And, ePortfolios represent a microcosm of Virtual HRD as these integrated environments are utilized by individuals, teams, and organizations to create, examine, and collaborate around these dynamic collections of digital artificats (McWhorter & Bennett, 2012). New uses and purposes and contexts are being examined for these dynamic spaces which may “optimize system performance” (McWhorter & Lindhjem, 2012, p. 3).

References

Bennett, E. E., McWhorter, R. R., & Sankey, Z. (2012). Eportfolios as Virtual HRD. A review of literature and analysis of a tool for graduate medical education. Published in the Proceedings of the Academy of Human Resource Development International Conference in the Americas, Denver, February 28-March 4, 2012

Light, T., Chen, H. L., & Ittelson, J. C. (2012). Documenting learning with ePortfolios: A guide for college instructors. San Francisco, CA: Wiley & Sons.

McWhorter, R. R, & Lindhjem, K. A. (2012). Exploring a virtual learning environment for nanotechnology safety training. Published in the Proceedings of the Academy of Human Resource Development International Conference in the Americas, Denver, February 28-March 4, 2012.

McWhorter, R. R., & Bennett, E. E. (2012). Fostering transition from higher education to workforce: A literature review of ePortfolios as Virtual Human Resource Development. Published in the Proceedings of the Academy of Human Resource Development International Conference in the Americas, Denver, February 28-March 4, 2012.

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One Response to ePortfolios as spaces for Virtual HRD

  1. A posting today by Elisabeth “Liz” Bennett in the AHRD March Digest sent to its membership by ahrd.org reiterated the usefulness of ePortfolios for Virtual HRD.

    Here’s a snipet of her posting that illustrates the need for students (and professionals as well) to develop their professional virtual presence through the use of an electronic portfolio:

    Virtual HRD Spotlight: ePortfolios are no longer just for higher education
    “In the current economic crisis, competition for jobs can be fierce for new graduates as well as for experienced business people. Many organizations, too, are seeking new ways to evaluate a candidate’s credentials, to develop existing employees, and to gauge the performance of individuals and groups within the organization. Tactics such as behavioral event interviewing facilitate a broader range of responses from potential employees but they depend heavily on self-reports. What is missing is more detailed evidence of a candidate’s skill. Electronic portfolios (ePorfolios) may be one answer to providing a more holistic and evidence-based view of employees.
    ePortfolios began as a movement in higher education. Currently, a number of colleges and universities require students to complete an ePorfolio prior to graduation because ePortfolios help schools determine student progress, maintain accreditation standards, and allow students reflective spaces for connecting classwork and real-life experiences. Many schools also recognize the potential to boost their graduates’ hiring potential. Students can share their ePortfolios with hiring organizations and place the web link on their resumes. Given that employers are now researching a candidate’s “digital fingerprints” – that is, searching for their names online and requesting access to such social networking sites as LinkedIn and Facebook – there is an incentive to create a positive web presence through ePortfolios to provide a professional web image”.

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