Thoughts on Importance of Online Portfolio Building
Hi Dr. Bishop and Prof. Dodsworth:
I have a postcard in the mail informing me that a selection has been made for GIS Stormwater Administrator that I applied and interviewed for (it wasn’t me).
In a lot of ways, it was a GIS librarian position; they needed traditional GIS analysis skills but also data management and data curation skills, along with education and outreach skills.
There were 20 well qualified applicants and I think it reflects well on SIS that I even got an interview.
However, in reflection I feel I should have brought printouts of work I have done to provide concrete evidence in response to the question, “how are your map making skills.” I’ve been told to bring along examples to interviews in my geography classes – I’m not sure why I didn’t do that for this interview.
The next best thing to a printed map would be a robust online portfolio. To be honest I’ve made tons of nice maps in my GIS classes, but getting the labs done is so mentally draining that I rarely re-visit them to present in an online portfolio.
I’m trying to do a better job about getting my work online.
However, I wanted to encourage you both as GIS instructors to try and build creating an online portfolio into your coursework.
I saw this example from the graduate certificate program I’m getting into at UWF –
In sum, I think it would be very helpful for students to have a GIS online portfolio as part of the normal coursework.