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 What Makes it Model?


Helpful Quick Start Resources:





"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 work that demonstrates and showcases your talents and abilities in all areas of your life. Your ePortfolio gives you dimension and allows you to showcase yourself to the world. An ePortfolio will help as you transition from your Stony Brook University academic career to applying for graduate school and/or searching for a job in your chosen professional field. Be sure to include your courses, jobs, community services, campus activities, and personal interests. Keep it professional and R-E-F-L-E-C-T.


2. Add your résumé. Omit any personal information such as phone numbers or addresses!

See Career Services for help with your résumé and career ePortfolio: Career Center, W0550 Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library, Stony Brook, NY 11794-3363, (631) 632-6810 Fax: (631) 632-9146 http://www.career.sunysb.edu


3. You MUST have an About Me or Bio section. 
Composing your About Me is a quick and easy process. What to say? Take 5 minutes to list five facts about your talents, strengths, interests, and goals. Post them with a sentence that best describes your professional self.


For example: 

On your Welcome Page, create your professional motto. If you could pass on one sentence that best describes you to your 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 to cite your references, images, quotes, resources, video, music, etc. Anything that is not your original work must be cited. For help with citations, visit the library and ask one of our friendly librarians for assistance.

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 include your name in the title.
    • Set your viewing settings to Viewable within Stony Brook or Public. By choosing either of these settings, your ePortfolio will be viewable in the campus directory. If your ePortfolio is set to Private, professors and potential employers will not be able to see your work. You can choose to change the viewing settings of your personal ePortfolio at any time. 
    • 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 allows faculty members to easily find your ePortfolio.
    • Display your courses in one ePortfolio. Create separate tabs for your courses or a Course tab (section) in your academic ePortfolio.
    • Remember, you are allowed as many ePortfolios as you'd like, but you must have an Academic ePortfolio.

ePortfolio Posts must include: 

1.  Description of project

2.  Process of completing project

3.  Project

4.  Reflection

5.  Resources

6.  Supporting multimedia (images and video)


All posts required and non-required should include the above.


Poor grammar and sentence structure detract 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. Use a spell checker to avoid making typos and have a buddy proofread your writing. Proofread for others in our ePortfolio community as well. You'll improve your writing and creative styles when you read others' writing.


8. Evidence of your computer and design skills.
 Images, audio and professional videos make your ePortfolio interesting and invite others to browse and read your work. Adding digital media demonstrates your electronic and creative thinking skills to future employers. Keep in mind that this is not Facebook, but rather a professional representation of you. Keep the media content professional. Ask yourself, “Can I show this image to a future employer or my mom?”


When inserting media, 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”.


9. WARNING! Nancy’s Pet Peeves!

Do NOT leave the gears graphic up as your ePortfolio directory icon (pictured left). Create an icon that represents your strengths and abilities. Your directory icon is how Stony Brook University and the world view 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>click Submit. Keep it at 100 pixels x 100 pixels or upload an image, as is, to see how it will appear. Please visit one of our ePortfolio consultants in The Faculty Center if you require assistance.


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”.


Note: 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 by logging in with your email address as an Alumnus. Keep your email current. Creating a Gmail account for your ePortfolio and professional contact information is HIGHLY suggested. When creating an account, 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 skills. You show deeper levels of your communication, creative, and leadership abilities. 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 areas 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!


Inquiry and 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:


  1. 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)?
  2. 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?
  3. How would you describe this course, project or program to your friends? How would you describe it to a future employer?
  4. What areas and abilities in your life were strengthened or improved by this course, assignment, project or activity?
  5. List the ways you have grown as a result of this assignment, course, project, activity or program.
  6. What problems did you encounter and how did you solve them?
  7. What risks did you take and what did you discover about yourself?
  8. What personal strengths and abilities did you discover and demonstrate by doing this assignment/activity or taking this course?
  9. If you had it to do all over again, would you? Why? What would you change?
  10. How did this experience prepare you for your professional career?   

12. Add a Contact section with the email address you want viewers to use to comment on your eportfolio.


13. PROJECT!  To receive full recognition for your model ePortfolio, you must have your ePortfolio and the key categories, such as, Welcome, About Me, Showcase Artifacts (course assignments, projects, activities, papers, programs) set to Public View. Your ePortfolio should also contain reflections and a CV or résumé.


12. FINAL CHECK! So you really want a model ePortfolio that provides evidence of your professional strengths, abilities and skills? Download the three rubrics below 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 competencies. These are the skills 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.


If you require assistance, make an appointment with one of our Student ePortfolio Consultants to go over your ePortfolio and the rubrics with you. Email eportfolio@stonybrook.edu with the subject line - ePortfolio Rubric Review and we'll contact you to make an appointment.

Download Rubrics and support material at: 

https://stonybrook.digication.com/StonyBrookEportfolios/modelresources :


REMINDER: Do NOT reveal too much personal information 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.)


CONTACT: For further questions or comments about ePortfolios and reflection, email eportfolio@stonybrook.edu 


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