A lack of online presence can severely limit a person’s visibility in today's technology and information-driven world. This is very true especially for scientists, researchers and even young professionals who are trying to earn their place in the academe.

"Using social media and networks to improve your online visibility and at the same time highlight the things you are working on may not be enough for you to get noticed," said Florante A. Cruz, a development communication practitioner from the UPLB Museum of Natural History replied when asked on why the Museum decided to hold a training recently on e-portfolio building for several graduate students.

The training, conducted last 12 March 2018 at the UPLB Museum of Natural History, enabled nine MS and PhD students taking up wildlife studies and environmental science to build at the end of the day their own simple portfolio website without designer, programmer, or IT help.

Cruz served as trainor while extension associate James DV. Alvarez, researcher Julius A. Parcon and MNH graduate apprentice Camila G. Meneses gave assistance during the training.

An e-portfolio, according to Cruz, is a personal but professional website which can be set up by students to showcase their specific research projects and areas of expertise. The site can be searched for by peers, colleagues, funding agencies, potential foreign collaborators, and even members of the media who are looking for bright and talented people.

"We are trying to look further down the road in terms of helping build the manpower base needed for biodiversity conservation work in the future," he added.

The Museum hopes that by introducing a simple skill such the creating and maintaining content online to these young professionals, they will be able to project themselves out into the open where there are limitless opportunities for collaboration and knowledge generation.


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