What Makes an Effective E-Portfolio

There are two parts to an E-Portfolio:

  1. The artifacts (or evidence)
  2. The Reflection Statement

The Artifacts

Artifacts are sometimes referred to as “evidence.” There are many different kinds of artifacts:

  1. An assignment from a class
  2. Something from a community service project
  3. Something from an internship
  4. Something from a team or individual sport
  5. Something from a project for student government, or another student organization
  6. A submission to a competition or post graduate award
  7. A piece of art or photography

This is not an exhaustive list. The main thing about an artifact is you can easily relate it to the CWLG and related rubric.

The Reflection Statement

The Reflection Statement is important for two reasons:

  1. It is a way to help you better understand your skills and goals. Using the rubrics, you will be able to see how the quality of your artifacts has improved over the years. You will be able to see how your skills have grown over the years. And you will be able to see how your skills transcend your major program of study, and how you will be able to use these skills in a wide range of fields.
  2. It is a way for you to practice describing what you can do. We have found that many employers and graduate schools are less interested in the subjects you studied, and more interested in what you have to offer the world:
    1. Can you think critically when confronted with contradictory information?
    2. Can you think creatively when confronted with a problem that no one in the organization has yet been able to address?
    3. Can you help a team project achieve better results?
    4. Can you effectively communicate your ideas?
    5. Can you be counted on to act ethically at all times, resolve intercultural conflicts, and relate your actions to larger consequences?
    6. In other words, can you relate your abilities to the CWLG/s?