ePortfolios

Introduction

An academic ePortfolio is a digital space that holds evidence of educational achievements, as well as reflective writing on your experiences and learning outcomes. A well-designed ePortfolio for this class will showcase your composing process throughout the semester, which can be used as a moment for personal marketing in future academic and/or professional opportunities.

Your ePortfolio for this class will be required to contain specific writing artifacts from your semester assignments, but how you chose to arrange those artifacts and design your space will be your choice. How you constructor your ePortfolio, and what you include in it, depends on the audience you are trying to reach and the purpose you are trying to achieve.

You may also chose to include educational, personal, or professional artifacts outside of this course. Be sure that any requirements listed on the ePortfolio Assignment Sheet are clearly visible or easy to locate within your ePortfolio.

Design

Textual & Visual

Like most documents, ePorfolio design should consider layout and graphics as much as text. Some webpage design aspects to consider include the following:

  • Color: Chose colors that are appealing and professional, so as to enhance the reader’s ability to easily see and engage with your text and images.
  • Font: Ensure it is readable and professional. Use bolding, italicizing, and underlining to highlight important words.
  • Hyperlinks: Cleverly placed links can assist in directing visitors to specific locations within and outside your ePortfolio. Be sure to format links in such a way that they stand out from regular text.
  • Icons/Bullets: Use icons or bullet points to organize information so that your readers can quickly find crucial information.
  • Media: Effective placement of appropriately chosen audio, images, video, etc. not only bring life to digital spaces, but can help visitors better visual concepts.
  • Navigation: Be sure any menus or links are planned so that readers can easily navigate to content they are interested in.
  • Page Titles/Section Headings/Categories: These should be as specific as possible and help guides the reader through the hierarchy of your website.

Poor Design Examples: Yale University, School of Art, Flo-Go, and UA HRLD FAQ.

Great Design Examples: UA Strategic Communications, Dr. Amber Buck, and Auburn University ePortfolios.

*A specific list of required design features will be provided on course assignment sheet.

Components

Artifacts

Artifacts are the main feature of the ePortfolio, and they are framed and contextualized by the reflective writing. Just as in a museum, where each artifact is accompanied by information and often interpretive text, the artifacts of an ePortfolio are what students select to tell their story.

For this ePortfolio, you’ll be showcasing writing artifacts from your semester assignments, including:

  • Blog Reflections
  • Brainstorming Sessions
  • First Assignment Drafts
  • Group Project
  • Outlines
  • Revised Assignment Drafts

*A specific list of required writing artifacts will be provided on course assignment sheet.

Reflective Writing

Reflective writing is the contextual, analytical, and affective frame the students build to support and highlight their collection of artifacts, creating a cohesive narrative that ties them all together.

This is an opportunity to asses your work with a critical eye and to think about what you are most proud of, what you most enjoyed doing, what you want to improve. It’s your chance to think about and say what you’ve learned during the class.

Strong reflection writing should include examples from your writing and specific references to class activities or peer/instructor feedback.

*A specific list of writing prompts will be provided on course assignment sheet.

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