Helpful Quick Start Resources:
- What Makes it Model - WhatMakesItModel_updated.pdf
- ePortfolio Brochure. A Quick Guide to Starting Your ePortfolio.pptx
- From One Student to Another- leaningeportfolio_brochure.pptx
- AACU Lifelong Learning - LIFELONGLEARNING.pdf
- AACU Integrative Learning - integrativelearning.pdf
- AACU Information Literacy - InformationLiteracy.pdf
- AACU Value Rubrics Download Site
What Makes It Model Checklist?
by Nancy Wozniak
Steps to a Model ePortfolio:
1. Think about your work and experiences. Choose the best!
You want to assemble a collection of works that demonstrate and showcase your talents and abilities in all areas of your life. You're talented. Let the world know. An eportfolio will help as you transition from your Stony Brook academic career to applying for graduate school and/or searching for a job in your chosen professional field. Your eportfolio gives you dimension. Include your courses, jobs, community services, campus activities, and personal interests. Keep it professional and R-E-F-L-E-C-T.
2. Make sure to add your resume. Do not include your phone numbers or addresses!
See Career Services for help with your resume and career eportfolio.
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3. You MUST have an About Me or Bio section.
Composing your About Me doesn't have to be a long, painful process. What to say? ... What to say?
Take 5 minutes and list 5 facts about your talents, strengths, interests, and goals. Post them with a sentence that best describes your professional self.
Try this ...
For your Welcome Page, create your professional motto. If you could pass on one sentence that best describes you for your great, great, great, great grandchildren to read in the future, what would it be? Include a professional picture and/or logo (icon). Design your own logo or create a wordle (www.wordle.net) that represents your strengths and abilities.
4. You MUST have a Resources section and cite your references, images, quotes, resources, video, music, etc. Everything that is not yours must be cited. How would you feel if someone took your work and called it their own? Visit the library and ask one of our friendly librarians about citing referencecs. Download and review the AACU Information Literacy rubric - InformationLiteracy.pdf
5. Categorize, Post and Display your artifacts (showcase assignments, service projects, activities, and experiences. All posted artifacts must include a title, description and reflection piece. See prompts below.
6. If you are required to use an eportfolio for your course
- you MUST use your name in the title.
- set your viewing settings to Viewable within Stony Brook or Public, and you must be in the directory. You can NOT be Private. Your professor won't be able to see your work and you will not receive a passing grade. You can title and set the viewing settings to your personal eportfolios as you wish.
- you MUST Allow Tags and tag your courses with the course number and section.
- include your professor's name on the introductory page of your course section. This allow faculty to find your eportfolio.
- Display your courses in one eportfolio. Create tabs for your courses or a Course tab (section) in your academic eportfolio.
- Remember, you are allowed as many eportfolios as you want, but you must have an Academic ePortfolio.
7. CHECK YOUR GRAMMAR!
Poor grammar and sentence structure take away from your creative and professional image. Think about your impression of the author of a paper riddled with spelling errors and broken sentence structure. Keep your writing conversational and grammatically correct. We all make typos. Use a spell checker. Have a buddy proofread your writing. Proofread for other in our eportfolio community, as well. You'll improve your writing and creative styles when you read others' writing.
8. Add Media. Give evidence of your computer and design skills.
Images, audio and professional videos make your eportfolio interesting and invite others to browse and read about your work. Adding digital media demonstrates your electronic and creative thinking skills to future employers. This isn't Facebook. This is a professional representation of you. Keep the media content professional. Ask yourself, “Can I show this image to a future employer or my mom?”
Watch your dimensions. Your images should not overpower your pages. Keep them 300x300 and under. Your banner must stay within 799 pixels wide (length) or it’s a “what you see is what you get”. See http://stonybrook.digication.com/sbu_eportfolio_news/Distorted_Images for very important tips for uploading your images in Digication.
9. WARNING! Nancy’s Pet Peeves!
Do NOT leave the gears graphic up as your eportfolio directory icon. Create an icon that represents your strengths and abilities. The directory is how Stony Brook and the world views you. Select an icon that represents your professional self. Go to Portfolio Tools>Settings>Create an ePortfolio page appears>scroll to Directory Icon>click Browse button>the Select Window opens>highlight (click on) your image>click on Open button>click Upload>hit Submit). Keep it at 100 pixels x 100 pixels or upload an image, as is, and see what you get. See one of our eportfolio consultants in The Faculty Center.
Do you look like this?
If not, upload a picture or a representative icon of yourself by clicking on your name next to "Welcome," at the top right of the screen and to the left of the gray HELP box.
Find Your Name>click your name>Edit User Profile page appears>scroll to User Image and click Image Browse>select image and click open>click Upload>Submit). Images should be 100 pixels X 100 pixels, otherwise it's “what you see is what you get”.
If you do look like this, I apologize, as the song goes, "Everyone is beautiful, in their own way." You might want to consider a makeover.
While you are in the Profile page, add the email address you use for professional purposes. You will be able to continue on with your eportfolio after you graduate. You will log in with your email address as an Alumni. Keep your email currents. Creating a Gmail account for your eportfolio and professional contact information is HIGHLY suggested. Avoid Hotmail and Yahoo. Employers recognize Gmail as professional.
10. Reflect! This is the final and most important step
When you take the time to post a reflection on your posted showcase artifact, you demonstrate your reasoning and critical thinking abilities. You show deeper levels of your communication, creative, and leadership abilities. You reflection shows a higher order of thinking on your part. Reflection completes the metacognitive process (making sense, self-analysis, and reflection...thinking about how you think.) and helps you to make connections between learning and growth experiences in all area of your life. Let's face it, posted reflections are impressive and allow others to view your multifaceted talents and abilities. After all, your eportfolio is the best of you and you're amazing!
Reflection Prompts for Posted Artifacts in Your ePortfolio
When writing a reflection on an assignment or learning experience, keep it simple. It doesn't need to be an essay. Think about these reflection prompts when reviewing your assignment, course, project, program, or experience:
- What skills or abilities did you learn from this experience and how are you able to apply them to other courses and areas of involvement in your life (academic, career, service, campus, personal interests)?
- What about this assignment or program was most useful to you? Can you see a relationship to what you've learned to your other courses or activities in your academic and/or professional career?
- How would you describe this course, project or program to your friends? How would you describe it to a future employer?
- What areas and abilities in your life were strengthened or improved by this course, assignment, project or activity?
- List the ways you have grown as a result of this assignment, course, project, activity or program.
- What problems did you encounter and how did you solve them?
- What risks did you take and what did you discover about yourself?
- What personal strengths and abilities did you discover and demonstrate by doing this assignment/activity or taking this course?
- If you had it to do all over again, would you? Why? What would you change?
- How did this experience prepare you for your professional career and/or granduate school? How did it prepare you for life?
To receive full recognition of your model eportfolio, you must have your eportfolio and the key categories set to Public View, such as, Welcome, About Me, Showcase Artifacts (course assignments, projects, activities, papers, programs) with reflections, CV or Resume.
12. FINAL CHECK! So you really want a model eportfolio that provides evidence of your professional strengths, abilities and skills? Download the 3 rubrics and rate your eportfolio design, content and reflection according to the listed categories. The Lifelong Learning and Integrated Learning rubrics are professionally designed by college professors assembled by the AACU (American Association of Colleges and Universities). See if your eportfolio measures up to the best practices and standards of learning competiencies. These are the abilities you will need to demonstrate for graduate school and when starting your professional career. You MUST demonstrate that you have an appreciation for learning and that learning is a lifelong endeavor. The Top Ten Skills Employers Look for in a Job Candidate self-assessment rubric will help you evaluate your eportfolio for a job search and make sure you have evidence of the skills and abilities employers expect of their employees. Make an appointment with one of our Student ePortfolio Consultants to go over your eportfolio and the rubrics with you. Email Nancy Wozniak at email@example.com with the subject line - ePortfolio Rubric Review and we'll contact you to make an appointment.
WARNING! You know not to reveal too much about yourself. Show your talents, strengths, and abilities without posting personal identifiers and information (addresses, telephone numbers, and personal pictures). Create a professional Gmail email account for your eportfolio. Avoid Hotmail and Yahoo.
For further questions or comments about eportfolios and reflection, please contact
Nancy Wozniak, Learning Architect and ePortfolio Project Manager,
The Faculty Center, S1464 Frank Melville Memorial Library, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794.
Phone 631-632-2781 (22781) • Fax 631-632-9803 • Email firstname.lastname@example.org