Why is it important?
It supplements your offline persona.
• It can be challenging to remove.
• It can be forever.
• It can be lost over time.
• It can be looked at by employers.
• It can showcase your initiative,
investment and experience.
What’s included in your digital footprint?
Anything you’ve done publicly
• Facebook posts, shares & likes
• Twitter updates
• Uploaded photos & videos
• Blog comments
• LinkedIn profiles
• Documents you’ve uploaded
• Interactions with others
Digital footprint DOs and DON’Ts
Ask yourself if you’re OK with
an employer seeing it.
• Avoid embarrassing commentary.
• Think about the platform’s accepted
• Control your privacy settings.
How can I check my digital footprint?
• Tyson Seburn
• Joan Bartel
• Michael Griffin /
Michael E. Griffin
• Cecilia Lemos
• Shelly Terrell
1. Is it obvious who this person is?
2. Is there more than one person?
3. Is there much available about
4. What type of information is
5. What did that person create
6. What links were created by
7. What can you learn about that
8. What would an employer think?
What is an eportfolio?
“Thus, a [teaching] portfolio is a collection of artefacts
through which teachers present their own professional
persona.” (Bailey, Curtis & Nunan, 1998)
“In his words, it demonstrated to them my commitment to
the profession and my drive to improve as a teacher, as
well as giving them something physical to look at when
considering my application, compared to the other thirty
which were based only on what was said during the
interview.” – Alex Walsh, on what his British Council
interviewer said to him regarding his online portfolio.
What is an eportfolio?
1. A clear statement about yourself:
a. Summary of who you are as a language teacher;
b. Your teaching philosophy
c. Your main accomplishments
2. Your curriculum vitae (CV) i.e. résumé
3. Samples of what and/or how you teach.
4. Demonstration of your commitment to the industry.
5. Evidence of your commitment to development.
Considerations for eportfolios
Public vs private
Considerations for both
Why and How to Create an Online ELT Portfolio – Alex Walsh
On teaching portfolios | 4C in ELT – Tyson Seburn
Update Your Digital Footprint #30GoalsEdu | Teacher Reboot Camp – Shelly Terrell
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