Gateway EPortfolio

Dear MIW Community,

Welcome to my EPortfolio! The portfolio is titled “Will Ruben: Writer and Musician, and showcases my efforts to combine these two interests. As I state on my homepage, I hope that viewing my portfolio will be both entertaining and educational, as my goal is to increase general interest in both music and writing. At this point, I would like to thank my teacher T Hetzel for all of her wonderful advice and feedback throughout the semester, as well as the members in my cohort for their support and genuine interested it my work. The writing minor has been an incredible experience so far in terms of developing as a writer and meeting lots of wonderful people–for that I am grateful!

Here is a link to my EPortfolio:


PS: here is a preview into my music side.


The final touch

After many theme changes, switching around of sentences, creation of buttons with embedded links, and countless doses of caffeine to keep me going, my EPortfolio is finally complete. Although stressful at times I really did enjoy this project. It’s a really cool feeling to see all of my work from the semester exist in one place that I believe represents myself as a writer.

But I still can’t believe the semester is already coming to an end—and I know that my Monday and Wednesday mornings will feel like they’re missing something in the weeks to come. This Gateway class has given me the opportunity to learn so much about life, writing, and how my life as a writer will continue. Our class was filled with some of the best writers I know, and I already can’t wait for the Capstone and to be surrounded by this kind of passion and drive.

 So, here it is: my EPortfolio. I believe it is still a work-in-progress in the sense that I want to continue adding to it and developing my identity as a writer. Thanks to everyone who takes the time to view it and I hope you get some value out of the writing I have done!

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Introducing My Gateway E-Portfolio

Here it is!

I hope you all enjoy looking through it, and that you get a chance to learn a little more about me through it. It’s hard to believe that the gateway course is over and that my E-Portfolio has been published. It seems like just yesterday that I looked at  others’ portfolios with incredulity and felt as I could never accomplish the feat of producing such a thing.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my classmates and my professor, T for their support, encouragement, and constructive criticism this semester. Without each of you, I would not have been able to accomplish all that I have this semester. You have each been integral in helping me become a better. I look forward to continuing the process and working more with all of you in my future writing classes. I would also like to thank each of you for sharing your own work with me. I truly enjoyed getting to know all of my classmates through their writing, and I am proud to have been a part of such astounding creativity, intellect, and drive to write and be writers.

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Eportfolio Reflection!

It is immensely satisfying to see my eportfolio in its completion. I recall beginning this course and feeling inspired yet overwhelmed by looking at the previous cohort’s eportfolios. They were so in-depth, thoughtful and comprehensive. They seemed to come together effortlessly because most of them drew connections between their writing so well. With that in mind, I am proud that I was able to create an eportfolio of my own that seems to have come together with a sense of cohesion and purpose. The process of video editing was by far the most tedious aspect but one I knew would be meticulous coming into the remediation.

I am also happy with how my progression through my various pieces presents itself in my eportfolio. I think it is not only accurate but reflective of my writing and growth process in this class. With something such as my Why I Write piece, I really enjoyed going back and reexamining my thought process and outlining to reach the ultimate work. It is so easy to often forget the thought and reflection behind a final work. In my opinion, though, it is so necessary to take time to look back at these processes, both the successful and unsuccessful, to learn about myself in multiple ways. With some time apart from the piece, I saw where the weaknesses and strengths of that paper began to emerge early in the planning process.

I ended up being happy with my remediation because of the immense effort I put into it but I do think I can continue to improve on it. I think I will be inevitably compelled to continue revising this video piece as I continue to learn more about crafting and editing feature videos. Especially with this upcoming year holding more video editing experiences and lessons, I think this will definitely be a piece I will want to revisit as I continue to learn more about crafting creative videos.

Throughout the entire process of remediating, the most frustrating part was definitely video editing. I did not realize how much more tedious a feature video integrating music and carefully juxtaposed interviews would, though. The uploading process simply because of the equipment I was working with (a macbook air with limited processing power) also made the process that much more tedious. I think I will continue to revisit this piece even after this class.



My ePortfolio

Well here it is. The culmination of a semester of work. The entire process is completely and utterly done.

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This is how I feel!!!!


The writing of the portfolio was an interesting process as I had to reflect on the entire process of me as a writer. And so far I am pretty happy with the results. However, there are a few things I know I would like to work on:

For one, if I do video again, which I fully plan on doing, I know I need to start working from a script. It makes the presentation cleaner and I do feel as though it is helpful when it comes to keeping your thoughts organized. It also probably severely brings down the time of the editing process as you are not editing out as many mistakes.

I also want to continue to write stories the way I wrote my re-purposing project. This project was probably the most enjoyable piece of writing I have done, as it allowed me to not only reflect on the history of something that I love but to really hone in and find the story that is presented there. The story is honestly what makes writing sports pieces so fun for me.

Lastly, I hope that the theme of my blog is easy to follow. I want the world to know I am attempting to become a sports writer, which is something that I have not yet fully mastered. However, this was a real attempt to try and throw my hand in at sports writing while reflecting on my writing in general. I hope that the presentation came across the way I was planning.

Without further ado, I present:


My ePortfolio – The final piece of the puzzle.

After roughly 3 and a half months of classes, we’ve finally reached the end (for this semester anyways). 3 projects later and we’ve finally reached the culmination of all of our hard work, the ePortfolio.

The most satisfying part of the ePortfolio process was seeing all of my work in one place. As the semester was progressing, it was easy to forget about a project like the Why I Write essay while working on the Repurposing or Remediation projects. Seeing all of my work from the semester on the same page gave me a great perspective on how far I have come during the class. The project that I am the most proud of was the Remediation project. It caused a lot of headaches and tired fingers, and I don’t necessarily think that it turned out as well as I had envisioned, but that’s the reason I am the most proud of it. A typical essay, while by no means easy, doesn’t take nearly the effort that I put into making my podcast.

When it comes to what was frustrating about making my ePortfolio, can I say everything? All kidding aside, I had many bouts of frustration with the technical aspects of creating the ePortfolio. Not being able to have any text appear when hovering the mouse over an image is one of the issues that gave me the biggest headaches, but even things such as formatting the text and moving elements around on a page caused issues. I could honestly tweak and adjust my ePortfolio forever, changing subtle things like font sizes and the spacing between elements, but the only thing I see myself realistically continuing to work on is making my ePortfolio mobile friendly. With phone technologies increasing in leaps and bounds, I would like my ePortfolio to be accessed on a mobile device, and look good while doing it.

While making the hundreds of minute decisions that went into my ePortfolio, like text color and hyperlinks, I forgot to take a step back and think about the theme of my ePortfolio. I first noticed that I had neglected that fact when Brie pointed it out to me during the screencast activity. I got so caught up in the details that I forgot I needed my ePortfolio to portray a message to my audience, as well as be a showcase for my various works. Brie also suggested that I needed to expand on why I chose a hockey rink for my background, and I think that I was able to appropriately address that in my opening statement.

I certainly plan on continuing to add to the ePortfolio as I continue on through the minor. I may not keep up on the blog posts or reflective texts, but I plan on uploading new pieces of writing, keeping the ePortfolio up to date so that I can continue to share it with family, friends, or potential employers.

Congrats to everyone on finishing up a rousing semester in the gateway course, and I hope to see you guys in future writing classes.

ePortfolio: The End of an Era

It’s over. After hours spent just figuring out which template to use and even more time spent populating the website, I’m happy to have submitted my ePortfolio.

What I liked: I think the overall theme (expanding my writing identity as one that eclipses just essay-writing) worked out well. I’m satisfied with the design, and I like the way I illustrated the reflective text for each major assignment.

What I still want to work on: The ePortfolio feels a little empty because I don’t have more than 10 pages total. I think it would feel more comprehensive if I added more pages for writing I’ve done outside of Writing 220. I also feel that if I had more time I could add more new-media or cool HTML elements that are user-interactive like games, music, applications, etc.

What was the process like for you? The process was very overwhelming at first, because I didn’t like the first 50 templates that I tried to use. Then, when trying to integrate my home page picture, it seemed to conflict with every design I tried. Eventually I found one that I liked, but even after deciding on a design it was overwhelming to fill completely blank pages with content. I tried to map what I wanted each page to look like and created the visuals before starting the text. Then when I felt the page looked good visually, I typed in the text I needed and made adjustments from there.

How well did you achieve your purpose in presenting yourself as a writer? My goal was to highlight my identity as a diverse writer, and I think I did this pretty well through showcasing my work across many genres. By including consulting presentations, blog posts, my remediation script, and my resume, I think I communicated this point effectively.

Eportfolio link:

As a whole, I think I can sum up my eportfolio experience with the following gif:


Pattern of Proving Myself Wrong

The words that come to mind when I think about the ePortfolio process:

Tedious        Frustrating         Help         Gratifying         Confusing         Proud

There are definitely more, but those are the first I thought about.

I can’t believe we just finished our ePortfolios. Looking back to the start of the semester, I remember chuckling to myself about the mere thought of creating a website; there was no chance! Well, as I’ve done more than once in this class, I proved myself wrong…

 What I’m happy with: The final product. I know that sounds boring, and a little bit obvious, but it really is what I’m happy about. I kind of anticipated finishing this project thinking, okay it’s done. Now I can hide it, pretend like it never happened, and move on. Well I am thrilled to announce that that is not how I feel. Despite the kind of bizarre theme, I actually want to show the portfolio to people. I think it really encapsulates me, my experience in the minor, and why I write.

What I still want to work on: Considering it’s due in 18 minutes, I’m a little late on this question. But for argument’s sake, let’s pretend the project isn’t due yet. I think I would first play around with layout. While I like that “The Writing Trial” is simple, I feel like I could have figured out a way to make it less boring.

What the process was like: In a word, tedious. I am a perfectionist so ensuring that every single button and every single text box lined up was not an easy feat.

 How well did you achieve your purpose in presenting yourself as a writer: Hopefully, well. I tried to organize the portfolio in a way that the entire website would lead up to discovering why I write (to accomplish my goals, to eventually practice law, etc.) Looking back over it now, I think I did a pretty good job. But this is the link to my ePortfolio, The Writing Trial, so you can judge for yourselves!

Never-Ending Eportfolio

Eportfolio – what’s that?  KIDDING.

Besides final exams, the ePortfolio has basically summed up my past couple of weeks.  I constantly find myself drifting to my Wix website to make another edit as another idea pops into my head.  It seems like an endless process.

But, what do you expect from a perfectionist?

I am so happy with the final product.  What is really surprising is that it is nothing like my original vision.  Let’s just say my original vision didn’t go so well (for lack of better terms….it kind of sucked).

BUT, this led me to create a new design that I am absolutely in love with.  The layout describes my personality and my overall theme of gratitude very well.  If I could change anything, I would maybe shorten some of the paragraphs.  I had trouble doing this since I wanted to give the reader as much background information as possible.  But, I feel that in a couple of instances I got a little carried away.

This process was very stressful to me since, once again, it was uncharted territory.  This seems like a theme this semester, trying new things.  I’m basically an explorer now…watch out Dora and Boots.

I found that I really enjoyed exploring all the different features the website offered and I liked adding little touches here and there to make it more personal.

One of the things I am most proud of is getting my video to fit onto my Remediation page.  Originally, I wasn’t sure how to make it work, but I think that it is great that the viewer can click through to the YouTube site if they would prefer to watch it there.

So, without further adieu, here is the link to my ePortfolio.  Enjoy!

Please let me know what you think in the comments below!


Let Me Have A Bittersweet Moment Real Quick.

My usual response to the last day of class.

I’m not usually sentimental about school. I think the last time I was genuinely even a little upset when a class ended was the last day of fourth grade. Since then, I’ve never been that person that claps after the last lecture and, instead, I’ve left classes with deuces in the air and never looking back.

But, as you may have gathered from the title, this class was different. At least in my academic experience, it’s rare to take a class where you not only learn something you’ll actually use three years from now, but you do so with people who are as passionate as you are. But with the Gateway course, I got just that.

So thanks cohort for the inspiration; thanks T for the enthusiasm even though we seemed tired and unresponsive in the morning; thanks blog contributors for your entertaining posts; thanks creators of Wix for the easy website editing software; thanks to everyone for being everyone.  I feel like I’m making an acceptance speech or something.

And after countess hyperlnks, background changes, embeddings, page alignments, filler texts, undos, redos, and caffeine-fueled epiphanies, here’s my E-Portfolio. Thanks for taking the time to check it out, and have a great future everyone!