The culminating project for this class is the e-portfolio, which designed to prepare students with a digital representation of their knowledge, competencies, and experiences for graduate school applications or job searches. E-portfolios will be created using WordPress and must include a variety of required information about you: resume, about me section, personal statement, leadership story and philosophy and mission pillar reflection. The key element of the e-portfolio is the mission pillar reflection; in this section of the e-portfolio, students will provide a comprehensive narrative that describes: what was learned related to each mission pillar, what curricular (e.g. classes) and co-curricular experiences provided exposure to content in each pillar. Evidence of experiences and learning must be included in throughout the e-portfolio. Students may choose to include other information such as description and evidence of teaching experience, educational or teaching philosophy, and coursework completed. The final draft of the portfolio should be a strong visual representation of the student’s work therefore, the student should plan to explore the various theme options provided in WordPress. Feel free to reference the Lynda.com videos (must login through CI) if you need help.
The e-portfolio should include a tab for the following:
- About me & personal statement
- Mission pillar reflections (described below)
- Leadership story and philosophy
- Blog posts
- Anything else that represents you (e.g. evidence of teaching experience, art work, educational or teaching philosophy, personal vision statement, etc.)
Mission Pillar Reflection Overview
The key element of the e-portfolio is the mission pillar reflection. Students will need to access content covered in previous courses taken during their time at CI and content taught in trainings, events, or other curricular or co-curricular experience. In this section of the e-portfolio, students will provide a comprehensive narrative that describes:
- What was learned related to each mission pillar while at CI
- What curricular (e.g. classes) and co-curricular experiences provided exposure to content in each pillar (e.g. HOW the information described above was learned)
Additionally, students will need to include evidence of experiences and learning in e-portfolio. Evidence can include, but is not limited to: course assignments, papers and reflections; meeting agendas; course syllabi; letters of appreciation/recognition, etc.
The mission pillar reflection will be submitted in two parts in order to distribute the workload. Part I of the mission pillar reflection will focus on: Community Engagement and Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Part II of the mission pillar reflection will focus on: Multicultural and International Perspectives. More information about the pillars is provided below.
- Interdisciplinary – Present arguments clearly and logically that integrate content, ideas, and approaches from integrative perspectives across disciplines.
- Experiential – Demonstrate proficiency in our digital literacy era to support individual and collective actions which can address issues of public concern.
- Multicultural – Evaluate issues and integrate content, ideas and approaches from multiple cultural perspectives.
- International –Identify and evaluate issues facing societies integrate ideas from international perspectives.
How to represent this information on the e-portfolio
The content for the mission pillar reflection should be submitted on four different pages which will mean students will need to create a custom navigation menu to provide a drop down menu under “mission pillar reflection.” Evidence (e.g. documents) can be uploaded as multimedia in WordPress and inserted onto each page OR uploaded into GoogleDrive and linked to WordPress (don’t forget to reference the lynda.com videos (must login through CI) if you need help (or just let me know).
Final E-Portfolio Presentation
During the final class session, students will deliver a presentation of their e-portfolio and what was learned through creating the portfolio. Presentations should be approximately 7-10 minutes. Please reference the following page to view the rubric for the final e-portfolio: http://ls490.jaimiehoffman.com/mission-pillar-reflection/.