First of all, I would like to give a shout-out to Katie Brown, Dana Narens, and Page Szymanski. They all made amazing e-portfolios and their works have definitely stimulated positive thoughts in my mind about how I am going to tackle this endeavor. When I read that I’d be making an e-portfolio when I applied for this minor I thought to myself, “How am I going to do this, and what is an e-portfolio anyway?” I paid particular attention in the orientation meeting for the second cohort of the writing minor when the first cohort talked about their e-portfolios. The students gave off the impression that the task of making these portfolios was quite daunting. Therefore, when I saw titles expressing extreme relief by my peers after completing this assignment, I was far from surprised.
Thus far in the class we have done a lot of work with the blog and we have completed our “Why I Write” essay. I appreciate the academic essays on the e-portfolios I’ve looked at and the integration of the blog into the e-portfolios. As a result of all the blogging I’ve done thus far for this class, I have a new level of respect for bloggers. I think by reading the blogs in conjunction with the academic essays readers can get a better understanding of the writer. One of the portfolios I read had a few blog posts and snippets of what they were discussing in one of the subsections on the main page. I liked that because the action allowed the reader to get exclusive insight about the way the author feels about the blog before the reader reads the blog and extracts his or her own meanings. Another person compiled all their posts and provided a link for inquiring minds to read through all their blogs posts. I like this as well because it gives the people who are reading your e-portfolio a sense of how much writing you’ve done and it allows the reader to gauge your improvement. I know I will integrate my blog into my e-portfolio, I just haven’t decided how to do so yet.
In all the e-portfolios I looked at, there was a draft of the “Why I Write” essay, a resume, a bio, and the repurpose assignments were on there as well. However, I didn’t see a lot of writing from outside of Writing 200 on the e-portfolio. This was a bit of a letdown because I wanted to see how these people wrote for other classes. I enjoyed seeing that Dana decided to place her essay for her Communications 381 class that fulfilled her ULWR on her e-portfolio. I need to get more information on the e-portfolio, but I wish there was more writing, or links to more writing, from outside of writing 200 on them.
Looking at these e-portfolios has definitely given me an idea of how I want to beautify mine. I saw a lot of beautiful pictures and inspirational quotes on the e-portfolios and there will certainly be some of that on mine as well. This photo is an accurate representation of everything I envision my e-portfolio being about.
I put this here for multiple reasons. I intend to have a lot of beaches on my e-portfolio in an effort to beautify my e-portfolio because I love the scenery at the beach. Secondly, I’ll most certainly incorporate things from my life in the blog. Thirdly, this is an example of a quote, and I intend to incorporate quotes into my e-portfolio. Last, but certainly not least, I love well-kept beaches. I have a tattoo of a beach on my arm—and I am Ronald BEACH, II—so I think incorporating the beach into my e-portfolio is wonderful idea. I am quite excited about the e-portfolios.