E-Portfolios

F.A.Q.

What is the CEP E-Portfolio

The CEP Portfolio is a personalized web-based collection of work that documents, demonstrates, and contextualizes your experience in CEP and the UW. As learning tools, portfolios do several important things. First, they serve as extensions of the ISP, allowing you to better plan and track your progress toward your personal learning goals while also ensuring that you are meeting the requirements of the major and the UW. Second, they are integrative spaces that allow you to draw connections between different elements of your educational experience. Third, they are reflective spaces where you can comment on your own work and see more clearly how you change and develop as you progress through your educational career. Fourth, they are records of your personal educational journey where you can display the skills, knowledge, and ability that you acquire during your time in the CEP program. And fifth, they are a way for your instructors, advisors, and peers to view your work in a holistic format and provide you with feedback.

What should I put in my E-Portfolio?

A portfolio should reflect the unique educational journey of each student, and so what you choose to put in your portfolio is largely up to you. However, there are a few basic things that must be in the portfolio:

  • Your ISP. In CEP, we talk about the ISP as a “living document”, which means it should not only guide your educational journey by laying out the steps in front of you, but also respond to changes in direction as you find new interests, encounter “bumps in the road”, or follow interesting side paths you decide to explore. The portfolio allows you to easily update your ISP and add or subtract elements from it. By using the ISP as the basic framework for the portfolio, you can also link artifacts to the different elements of your learning plan and use it to organize other artifacts in your portfolio. Your portfolio needs to include your original ISP, as well as versions that illustrate significant changes.
  • Your Senior Project. Senior projects are the primary capstone activity in the major. By putting them in the portfolio you will preserve a record of your work that can be easily shared with others.
  • Important “Artifacts”. Artifacts are things that you purposefully collect and want to save. They can be class papers, pictures of your work, projects, or any number of other things that demonstrate your learning or work within the context of your education.
  • Reflective Statements: Part of what makes the portfolios useful is your ability to contextualize your work, link it to other things that are important to you, and reflect on the value it holds for you. You can do this by adding comments alongside your artifacts or through reflection papers which are required at different stages in your CEP career.
  • What should I NOT put in my E-Portfolio?

    The CEP portfolio is not your facebook page. Nor is it your LinkedIn profile. This is, at least during the time you are in CEP, an educational tool to be used by you and those people who are supporting your educational journey (faculty, advisors, mentors, fellow students when appropriate). So, while you might include photos of yourself on the beaches of Rio because this was part of an Exploration Seminar to Brazil where you studied sea turtles, you would not put photos of yourself on spring break in Florida.

    Can I use my E-Portfolio to get a job?

    Eventually, yes. At the end of your senior year you can create a polished version of your portfolio that would be suitable for showing a prospective employer. But until then, that is not the purpose of this tool. Because it is an educational tool, and not a promotional tool, you should feel free to also include things that did not go so well on your educational journey. Sometimes we learn just as much from failures as we do from successes: documenting and reflecting on these failures can be a very important part of your intellectual and personal development. Later, you can delete them if you want (or simply create a new portfolio for the job market).

    What is the timeline for the E-Portfolio?

    All students will begin working on their portfolio in the first quarter of their junior year. Students will then update their portfolios throughout their time in CEP, sometimes on their own, and sometimes in response to specific assignments. During the last quarter of their senior year, students will finalize and polish their portfolios as one of the primary products of CEP 462, the capstone course.

    Because portfolios work best when they are used regularly, we strongly recommend that students update their portfolios at least once a quarter. Waiting longer will mean the loss of valuable documents, insight and learning. Portfolios should also be updated before any advising meetings with Kelly.

    How do I create an E-Portfolio?

    You will use Google Apps to create your portfolio in the autumn quarter of your first year in CEP, and share it through UW’s Catalyst Tools. We will walk you through the process during a class forum, but once you have been taught the basics, it is your responsibility to edit and personalize your portfolio on your own. If you want to use a different platform you can, but for compatibility with Catalyst, you still need to great a Google Site page, but then can have a link on that page to your active site.

    Example E-Portfolios:

    Joshua Cowgill, Class of 2013
    Gabriel Filer, Class of 2013
    Anastasia Ivanova, Class of 2013
    Claire Mueller, Class of 2013
    Chuhan Zheng, Class of 2013
    Drew Collins, Class of 2012
    Kalyn Marab, Class of 2012
    Sherwin Lee, Class of 2012
    Hanna McFall, Class of 2012