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An ePortfolio is a powerful tool that allows you to showcase your skills, experiences, and accomplishments. It helps you tell your story to professional audiences such as employers or graduate programs. Everyone can benefit from creating an ePortfolio, but this semester, you also have the opportunity to participate in the What’s Next ePortfolio Virtual Showcase and share your accomplishments with the UCF community. Student scholarships will be awarded for the best ePortfolios, and an award ceremony will be held via Zoom from 1:00–3:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 19, 2020 as part of High-Impact Practice (HIPs) Courses Fall 2020 Virtual Showcase.
See below for submission guidelines, including: eligibility, application requirements, and deadlines. And, if you’ve never done an ePortfolio, don’t worry—no prior experience required! We provide some resources to help you get started.
Who is eligible for the What’s Next ePortfolio Virtual Showcase?
Undergraduates who are currently enrolled at UCF and who: (1) are currently enrolled in UCF’s Knights of Distinction program; (2) or who successfully completed or are currently enrolled in a High-Impact Practice (HIP)-Designated Course, including Service-Learning (SL), Research-Intensive (RI), or Integrative-Learning Experience (IE).
What do I need to include in my application?
To apply for the showcase, students must send an application email from their KnightsMail account to QEP@ucf.edu including:
- Student name, major, and UCF ID.
- Working hyperlink to their completed ePortfolio.
- A short (200-word max.) statement on the intended audience of their ePortfolio and what they hope to accomplish with it.
- A nomination letter (pdf or email) from the Knights of Distinction Director or the instructor of record of the high-impact-designated (Service-Learning, Research-Intensive, or Integrative-Learning Experience) course the student completed or is currently enrolled in.
When is my application due?
Applications to the What’s Next ePortfolio Virtual Showcase are due via email to QEP@ucf.edu no later than October 26, 2020.
What components should I include in my ePortfolio?
Your ePortfolio should include the following:
- Both written statements or reflections and artifacts (e.g., photos, videos, examples of your work, etc.)
- A home or “landing” page
- An “about me” section
- At least three additional pages that focus on aspects of your professional development you wish to highlight (e.g., research, leadership, community service, etc.).
- Note: if you choose to include a resume or curriculum vitae, please redact any personal information such as your home address or phone number.
How will my ePortfolio be evaluated?
Your ePortfolio will be evaluated on three criteria:
- Communication: How successfully does the ePortfolio communicate your story to their intended professional audience?
- Content: How detailed, well-organized, and persuasive are the written components? How compelling are the accompanying artifacts? (And how well do these two components work together?)
- Visual Appeal and Layout: How readable and/or easy to navigate is the ePortfolio? How successfully do the visual components enhance the reader’s experience of the site?
Getting Started with ePortfolios
An ePortfolio is essentially a personal website. You might think of it as a “show and tell” presentation that offers readers a sort of expanded resume. It includes two main components: a textual element that tells your story compellingly and artifacts that are the evidence that shows your accomplishments and supports the story you’re telling. Examples of artifacts may include pictures, videos, presentations, design projects, creative or scholarly work, etc. The narrative that you craft and the artifacts you include should be chosen carefully with a particular audience in mind, such as potential employers, graduate programs, or clients.
You don’t need to have advanced web development or graphic design skills to create a successful ePortfolio; there are a number of free platforms that are easy to use and intuitive and that will help you create a professional-looking site. And, best of all, your ePortfolio can evolve with you! As you gain new experiences and skills and set new goals, you can continue to adapt your ePortfolio to reflect your professional development.
A typical ePortfolio has a home page, an “about me” page, and several additional pages that focus on particular aspects you want to showcase. The areas of focus are entirely up to you—you just want to be sure that you craft a narrative that makes all the separate pieces fit together and make sense to your audience (and if you do include personal information, it should still be work-appropriate).
Here are some links to some ePortfolios so you can see different ways that people successfully combine visual and textual elements to tell their stories:
- Mathematics: ePortfolio created by Knights of Distinction graduate, Coral Nimz, at the University of Central Florida
- English: ePortfolio created by Knights of Distinction graduate, Sarah Drzata, at the University of Central Florida
- Film: ePortfolio created by Knights of Distinction graduate, Stanley Swindling, at the University of Central Florida
- Nursing: ePortfolio created by Hannah Lynne Sims at Auburn University
- International Studies & Chinese Studies: ePortfolio created by Lizzie Utset at the University of South Carolina
And here are a few resources to help you build an ePortfolio:
- ePortfolios Guide: Collecting, Selecting, and Using Artifacts
- ePortfolio Platforms Guide created by UCF’s Knights of Distinction Program
- ePortfolio Checklist created by Auburn University’s ePortfolio Project