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Being a Working Learner

Here’s a handy homepage where you’ll find resources and links to assets for your Working Learners journey.

For your convenience, your portfolio access and badges can be found in your micro-course shells on Canvas. 

Basic pointers

1. Take some time to write down your professional goals

If you already do this, great! It seems really basic, but just writing and organizing your goals can make the future more concrete. Talk these over with your supervisor, and discuss short-term actions you can take to advance your goals.

2. Think big picture!

Beyond just the work you’ve been asked to do, ask about what the bigger picture is. If you were the director of your unit, what would you do? Take the initiative and be bold: ask tough questions, and suggest changes to your supervisor. There will be many no’s to every yes, but that’s just life!

3. Seek opportunities to advance your goals

Is your current work supporting your professional goals? If not, what can you do differently? Are there opportunities you can see within your workplace that you’d love to be a part of? Bring it up to your supervisor, and come up with solid plans to pursue them.

4. Write thoughtful reflections in your portfolio

It feels like yet another homework assignment, so, yes, it can be a drag. But think backwards; when you write your reflection in the future, what would you like to be able to say you learned? Work with your supervisor to make those hopes a reality.

Portfolio

Portfolios are an essential part of your Working Learner experience. Here’s how it works: after a   work or learning experience, you write a reflection on it, with some guidance from your supervisor. Then, you catalog these reflections on your portfolio. Our micro-courses are an example of an experience.

  •  This portfolio must include all of the assignments from the ELN/WLN Portfolio Checklist. (You may add additional components that you feel are important to enhance your portfolio.)
  • It must be publicly viewable in order to be accessed by faculty, students, mentors, potential employers.
  • Must be able to submit as a Canvas assignmen

How do I build my portfolio?

Here are digital portfolio platforms options for you to choose from. You can also select another platform with the permission of your instructor. To assist with creating your portfolio or any other creative projects, please be aware that as an ASU student, you have access to the Adobe Creative Cloud for free.

 

PlatformProsCons
Digication

Support and portfolio templates provided by ASU.

Access to portfolios after graduation.

Purposefully designed as a digital portfolio platform.

Digication is sensitive to browser selection and updates. 

Limited customization of layout

No blogging capabilities

Google Sites

User-friendly experience (clean & simple).

No use of user coding (CSS or HTML).

Connects to Google Drive

Can add collaborators for a group project.

Provides a webpage, tablet, and cell phone preview.

Analytics provided by Google.

No pre-designed templates

Limited number of themes (6) and font styles (3)

To add blogging feature, students would need to embed it in a page

Wix

A wide selection of templates and pre-designed portfolios.

Can use animations for text and other objects.

Can add contributors to the site.

Number of options and tools available may seem overwhelming

Limited to 500mb using a free account

Not sure how smooth the site will be with a less powerful/older computer

Can add blog but feature is not well reviewed

Weebly

Good mix of templates, Pre-created page layouts.

Building process can be simple drag/drop OR you have access to custom CSS

Access to analytics.

Limited Customization - Elements are basic, Drag-and-drop is limited – unless you’re confident with code, you might find Weebly frustrating in its lack of creative freedom.

Content management system – You can sort, filter and edit content, but there is no custom content type (except in individual page)

Blogging is not great and there are Issues with images and photo editing


Wordpress

Dozens of themes to choose from.

Mobile friendly to easily pivot from desktop to mobile devices.

Easy blogging capabilities.

No university support systems

Advanced features come at a cost

Not intuitive or easy to navigate