Unit 3 – A Digital Portfolio is not only the first of the assignment-based units but also your chance to share and showcase your talent and achievements! As with all the units, unit 3 has multiple learning aims, each which cover multiple different topics. Unit 3 covers:
- Designing a Professional Digital Portfolio;
- Creation and Testing of your Digital Portfolio;
- Reviewing your Digital Portfolio;
Learning Aim 1:
The first learning aim of Unit 3 covers the designing of your digital portfolio.
As this unit is about creating your own digital portfolio in a professional style, you begin with the planning and designing stage.
You begin by covering the stages of basic project life-cycle – designing, development & testing and then finally reviewing.
The designing stage covers the creation of storyboards, whether that be digitally or hand-drawn, is up to you. As well as storyboards, you must also create structure charts showing the planned navigational routes. This section also involves creating asset tables – these are tables containing information about any assets (video, text, audio and images) that will be used on your portfolio.
As you would suspect, the development stage covers the actual creation of your portfolio using your designs as a guideline. You also need to create test plans and a table, showing how you have checked your portfolio is as intended, for the audience and purpose. You must also receive user feed-back and adjust your portfolio to fix any problems.
In the reviewing stage, you literally have to do just that, review your website and any feedback received from other people.
You also then cover the structure of a digital portfolio along with the user interface and the content for the portfolio – such as what should go in the design, preparing content, creating the web pages, testing the portfolio and once again reviewing the digital portfolio.
The portfolio structure covers the different types of web-pages and what the purpose of them is – for example: Home Page contains an introduction and links to sections; Section Pages are to introduce purpose of section and link to context pages and context pages are to introduce and link to items of content.
Next, the portfolio’s user interface is all about what and how the interface looks. This could be in the form of the page formatting – such as the colour scheme and font family – or the navigation and whether it is a ‘bar’, standard textual links, graphical or buttons. This also includes the assets required for the web pages – such as images, sounds and videos.
In the final part of the first learning aim, you look and decide on the content for your digital portfolio. You need to consider a variety of your completed work, any experiences and projects you want to include along with the format these are in. As a result, you might have to think about compression and the overall accessibility of your portfolio.
As you can see above, I have included these assets as an example of the work which I have completed for this learning aim/assignment. My method of selecting the specific example is by directly linking to what was explained or selecting my favorite part from each of the specific learning aims. In this case the first learning aim of Unit 3 the assets I have selected a couple of my original portfolio storyboard designs as it helps to vision how my portfolio has changed.
Learning Aim 2:
The second learning aim of Unit 3 covers the creation and testing of your digital portfolio.
To begin with you start to prepare the content for your digital portfolio, this includes gathering, creating and modifying any assets/extracts that demonstrate any achievements or potential you have. You must also convert your assets to an acceptable format to ensure it is accessible for users on the web.
The first part of learning aim 2 also covers the creation of a logical folder structure to store all your digital portfolio’s content. You then must ensure all content is store with in the portfolio folder structure.
Next, you need to create the web pages using appropriate web authoring tools and techniques, such as choosing different colour schemes. You also need to consider using different page formatting features such as tables, fonts, alignment, colours, different line spacing and bullet lists.
In the part of learning aim 2 you need to create the content for the web pages, this includes:
- Typing the text, such as introductions or commentaries;
- Selecting and positioning suitable images, sound and video;
- Placing lines, and other shapes;
- Creation of hyperlinks, whether it be textual, graphical or buttons;
- The navigation area, such as navigation bar or links;
- The position, alignment and orientation of it;
- The size and style of text, images, etc.
For the final part of the second learning aim, you need to test the portfolio for functionality; starting by checking all pages and content are within the folder structure that you created earlier and that all links are functional and link to desired location. All web pages must be error free. You should also test the effectiveness or the pages, especially the home page as it is likely to be the page that either makes it or breaks it.
You then also need to test the portfolio for usability. This includes checking whether the user interface is suitable for the intended audience and purpose, along with how easy the navigation is to use. You must also consider the impact of the content, making sure it relates to the purpose of the portfolio, it is also fundamental that the portfolio is clear and consistent in style and content.
Finally, you should check the functionality on different computer systems and web browsers to ensure the portfolio is suitable for different users.
As you can see above, I have included these assets as an example of the work which I have completed for this learning aim or assignment. My method of selecting the specific example is by directly linking to what was explained in each of the specific learning aims. In this case the second learning aim of Unit 3 was about creating this portfolio and refining assets, as such I only had the refined assets to include here.
Learning Aim 3:
The third and final learning aim of Unit 3 covers reviewing your final digital portfolio.
In the final learning aim of unit 3, you must review the content of your digital portfolio, making sure to consider the extent of which the portfolio meets the needs of the audience and the purpose.
You should also evaluate the final design with the original design documentation with any changes made during development of the portfolio. Then, you should incorporate any comments from end reviewers, as well as make some valid suggestions for any further improvements, that could be implemented.