Recommended Components

In order to bolster the persuasiveness of your e-portfolio and show a range of skills, qualities, and experiences, we strongly encourage you to include the following (note that one sample text or project can accomplish multiple items listed):

  • At least one multimedia project that involves writing but also some combination of video, images, sound, and/or other media.
  • At least one sample that was created to be published/distributed, read, and used in a digital environment, such as the Web (this could also be the multimedia sample).
  • At least one writing sample from a workplace or community project, in order to demonstrate how you’ve applied writing and rhetorical skills outside of an educational environment. If you include such a project, you might also consider including a letter from your boss or community partner explaining the project’s value and (potential) impact (you would need to get written permission to use the letter).
  • At least one writing sample from a course in your major, in order to demonstrate how you’ve applied writing and rhetorical skills in disciplinary contexts.
  • At least one sample that shows how a text evolved from planning and drafting stages to editing and final submission.
  • Annotations or call-outs in the samples, as a way to point readers to key elements as they are reading/viewing. Some WordPress themes enable you to do this through the quotation mark icon when editing a page; other themes have additional options such as sticky notes.
  • A version of your resume adapted for your e-portfolio’s primary professional audience. This could be linked from your introductory and/or “profile of a writer” page.

For more help with deciding what to include, see page 2: