Portfolios and Evaluation

The E-Portfolio

The Unity College Electronic (E) Portfolio is a place for you to document and archive your success, progress, experience, and accomplishments.  Carefully choosing the pieces for your portfolio will help you make connections between academic experiences, co-curricular experience, and your professional life.

Over a college career, a well-crafted portfolio can represent you in a complimentary, yet accurate, light to the Unity College community, prospective employers and interested others.  Added to carefully and consistently, your portfolio will be a way to document your entire Unity College experience for reference in your life after Unity.

For the purposes of The Unity Experience course, a successful portfolio will demonstrate your learning and achievement in the three overarching course goals: personal development, community engagement and relationship to nature.  Your e-portfolio will serve as the primary assessable product for this class.  Most of your grade will be determined by your instructor's evaluaton of your e-portfolio development process and your finalproduct.

The Specific Assignment for this Class:

  1. Review the SAMPLE E-PORTFOLIO of "John Buck" a fictitious Unity College first year student.  Check out Allison Pesano's e-Portfolio from a past year of UE.
  2. Review the Google Sites OVERVIEW.  We're going to use Google Sites to create free web pages.
  3. Create for yourself a free webpage using Google Sites (CLICK HERE  to get started).  When prompted for a name for your new website, Use the followng naming formula: FIRSTNAME LASTNAME PORTFOLIO
    1. Note: you will have sharing options to make your website available to the entire internet, or to limit access to those you choose to invite.  This is an important and personal choice that you must make for yourself.  For class purposes you are only required to share with your instructor, classmates, and certain campus resources (like the UC Career Consultant).  Eventually, you will be required to share your portfolio with your next academic advisor.  It's your choice how to set it up now, but  It might be best to begin your website by limiting access to those you invite.
  4. In your website make sure to include the following:
    1. A welcome page that provides a brief professional bio and includes a picture of you that portrays you in an interesting and professional way
    2. Sub-pages that allow you to organize your portfolio materials in a way that makes it easy for the viewer to find relevant work.
    3. An "Announcements" page that you can use as a sort of blog to provide quick updates of your most recent adventures (and course related activities).  Click on "Create Page" then choose "Announcements" from the page type menu. Name the page something appropriate; John Buck chose the standard "Notes."  You can link your "Notes" to Facebook through an RSS feed.  I can show you how.
    4. Other development expectations will emerge during the semester as class consultants give advice and the class gets creative and sets higher and higher standards for the web page.
    5. Go here for some ideas of the kinds of things you should be putting in your portfolio.
  5. Throughout the semester you will create a collection of portfolio entries (new web pages, pictures, and blog-type updates) that document your activities and serve as evidence for your success.  NOTE: Along with the activities themselves (the "what") we're also interested in the significance of those activities and your reflection upon those activities in connection with your career plans, your values, and the three Unity Experience course goal areas.

What counts as evidence of your achievement and competence in Unity Experience and otherwise?

·         Artifacts (in-class work; homework; student papers; artwork; survey results)

·         Representations (photographs; project reports; journal entries; interviews; experience reflections; survey summaries)

·         Attestations (documents teachers, employers, clients and others generate about you, your progress and your achievements)

·         Portfolio Productions (documents you prepare just for your portfolio: portfolio introduction; goal statement; reflections; captions; interpretations and explanations)

When you are prepared to have your e-portfolio evaluated for final grading...

1. Send your instructor an email.  2. Write that you are submitting your e-portfolio for final evaluation.  3. Include a working link to your e-portfolio.

Your portfolio itself will be evaluated based on these questions…

  1. Is it complete? (Are all required pieces included and thoroughly completed?)
  2. Is it organized? (Is it easy to understand the layout and navigate the portfolio? Can the viewer easily and quickly find a particular section or piece?)
  3. Is it deliberate? (Do you have clear goals for your portfolio and are those goals supported by the choices you’ve made in its construction?  Is everything there for a reason?  Is it clear what those reasons are?  Is there anything unnecessary or distracting included?)
  4. Is it coherent?  (Do you maintain a consistent or compatible style, tone, feel, look and message throughout?)
  5. Is it professional?  (Are the writing, graphics, presentation, and information of uniformly high quality?  Will prospective employers, Academic Advisors, and professional contacts be positively impressed?)
  6. Is it personalized? (Does the presentation of the portfolio add meaningfully to the viewer’s sense of you?  If you’re not boring, then neither should your portfolio be.)

Your course grade will be determined...

...based on your portfolio itself plus your demonstration of success in the 3 major course outcome areas.  Success will be determined by the performance indicators under each within the evaluation rubric here.  Your final grade will be informed (but not strictly determined) by the following rubric to letter grade translation table.

 

8-9 = A
6-7 = B
4-5 = C
2-3 = D
0-1 = F