Program Resources (see also the Other Resources section)
The Writing & Rhetoric degree programs office will offer multiple e-portfolio workshops and/or writing group sessions open to any students in the minor or certificate. The program advisor, director, and possibly other faculty will facilitate these, sometimes with the help of students. Although the workshops will cover a range of topics, they will typically include time for Q&A and individualized help. We will announce the dates/times and places of workshops and writing groups through the program’s email list. If you are not on the list, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The program advisor and director are also available for advising sessions, particularly for students who are approaching program completion. To make an advising appointment, sign up at the front desk of the Writing & Rhetoric department (on the third floor of Colbourn Hall) or contact us at email@example.com or 407-823-2295.
During or after your work on assignments for Writing & Rhetoric courses, you might discuss with your instructors strategies for improving the text/project and adapting it for the e-portfolio, including composing an explanatory frame for it. The program’s instructors are also good resources for getting advice about the e-portfolio’s other components, structure, and design. You should also consult faculty and advisors in your major and perhaps advisors at Career Services for help in tailoring your e-portfolio to the expectations and values of a professional audience in a specific industry.
If you have professional contacts in the industry or graduate/professional school you plan to enter, you could also ask them for feedback about aspects of your e-portfolio. Be sure to pose specific questions and only share well-developed and edited portions.
Your classmates and fellow students in the program can also be valuable resources, especially for answering troubleshooting questions or seeing examples of various approaches to selection, organization, and design. Other students in your major can help you identify the qualities, skills, and text types valued by professionals in that field. Other students who are also consultants in the University Writing Center can help you revise the written components.
Development Process and Steps
It is your responsibility to set up, maintain, update, and revise your e-portfolio. A dynamic online resource, your e-portfolio should be revised and adjusted as you expand your repertoire of writing projects and prepare it for potential viewers. Maintaining your e-portfolio will be an iterative process of collection, selection, reflection, and presentation that should begin as soon as you take your first course in the program. After collecting various possible writing/multimedia projects you could feature, you’ll need to select which ones best (re)present you as a writer, decide how to revise them, and then develop reflective explanations of them for readers. You will also need to develop the opening pages that introduce you and the e-portfolio and tell a story about you as a writer. Your work on the e-portfolio’s presentation will involve design as well as writing; for example, you will likely want to customize the WordPress theme’s design and include images and other design features.
By creating and maintaining your e-portfolio, you will be refining your writing and e-literacy skills and your professional habits of mind (including engagement in learning, flexibility, and meta-awareness)—all of which should prepare you for successful communication in your continuing education, career, and civic life. At the same time, you will be illustrating writing-related skills, both general and specific (e.g., research, design, rhetorical, organizational skills) in the e-portfolio itself; indeed you might even organize your e-portfolio around specific skills, and you’ll certainly want to mention these in your explanation of each project.
Here are some recommended development steps, some of which will likely need to be repeated:
- Plan and build your writing e-portfolio structure, design, opening pages, and at least one sample text/project page ENC 3331 Rhetoric and Civic Engagement (the program’s core course).
- Collect major writing and multimedia projects and, with the help of instructors and others, decide which ones best showcase your skills. Identify images to use in the e-portfolio.
- Meet with instructors, workplace professionals, and/or others to determine how to improve the texts/projects you want to use as samples and how to tailor your e-portfolio to the industry you’re targeting. At the same time, secure any permissions needed to display images or other elements in the e-portfolio.
- Develop your e-portfolio, getting feedback from others as part of a process that involves multiple stages of revision and editing. This should include talking to program faculty and advisors, participating in the workshops or writing groups, and going to the University Writing Center.
- After revising and editing your e-portfolio, you submit it to the Programs Assistant for approval.
- Based on feedback from the program’s review of your e-portfolio, get additional help and make additional changes before resubmitting it.
- Get confirmation that your e-portfolio has been approved by the program director or advisor.
- Begin including your e-portfolio in relevant ongoing job or internship search efforts or graduate/professional school program applications.
- Make minor adjustments based on feedback from potential employers and ongoing uses.
- Continue to grow and maintain your e-portfolio to be prepared for future job searches, assist with professional growth management, and enhance your online presence.
Two Additional Notes
- We ask that you not drastically change or delete your writing e-portfolio until the October after you graduate so that we can view it for program assessment purposes.
- We will ask students with exemplary e-portfolios for permission to link to them in this guide or other places; in such cases we would ask you to notify us if you plan to make major changes to your e-portfolio after it is linked from this guide.