ePortfolio

An ePortfolio is a collection of work, accomplishments, reflections, and skills. It is a collection of digitized documents which will help you keep track of your experiences during your college years.

The Randolph College ePortfolio is designed to help you create connections to your experiences here at the College and is the heart of the Randolph Plan. Many of your experiences at Randolph contribute to your combined education; this tool will help you integrate the learning experiences you have in many different settings: the classroom and laboratory, campus organizations, work study, athletic events, performances and art exhibits. It is a tool designed to help you to archive all of these experiences.

By developing an ePortfolio, you will be able to:

  • Document your interests, skills and abilities
  • Search and apply to jobs and graduate and professional schools
  • Formulate and set goals in your personal and professional life
  • Demonstrate your skills and qualifications

How will my ePortfolio benefit me in the future?

The ability to reflect on one’s own actions, to generate conclusions and identify lessons learned through experiences is the hallmark of an educated person. Your ePortfolio will encourage you to reflect on the learning outcomes of each of your experiences, as well as help you develop a clearer sense of who you are and how to articulate your strengths and accomplishments in applying for internships, jobs or graduate/professional school. In addition, it will aid you in clarifying personal and career goals.

Making entries to your webfolio throughout your college years will prepare you for:

  • Writing your personal statement for graduate school;
  • Completing your resume for a job; and
  • Being able to articulate your skills and abilities in an interview.

The Framework for your Randoph ePortfolio

Your ePortfolio should document your journey from New Student Orientation to Commencement. Your Randolph Plan will provide guidance and structure when deciding on what to include in your ePortfolio. Below is a framework of what should be included.


Evidence that should be entered in your ePortfolio each semester

Academic

  • Outstanding papers, lab reports, and presentations
  • Reflections on pivotal academic experiences/courses
  • Experiential Learning activities, i.e., internships, research, volunteer, or service learning along with actual duties
  • Application essays for Resident Assistant, internships, Davenport Leadership, study abroad, etc.
  • Results of self-assessment and career goals
  • Current resume
  • Personal statements for graduate and professional school applications
  • Video files of performances
  • Pictures and graphics

Co-curricular

  • Student organizations detailing involvement and duties
  • Community service
  • Athletics
  • Leadership
  • Video of performances
  • Pictures and graphics

Personal

  • Reflections of personal growth
  • Travel experience reflections
  • Photographs
  • Work experience, duties, skills learned, references
  • Honors, awards, scholarships
  • Certifications and licensures
  • Video of performances
  • Pictures and graphics

Your ePortfolio should document your journey from New Student Orientation to Commencement. Your Randolph Plan will provide guidance and structure when deciding on what to include in your ePortfolio. Below is a framework of what should be included.


First Year: Academic Exploration and Career Assessment

In your first year, the academic focus is on acquisition and honing basic skills and competencies and exploration of a wide variety of disciplines. You will begin to identify strengths and weaknesses and to explore interests, a vital experience in preparation for the decisions to follow. As a first year student you should begin to identify career goals through readings, informational meetings and career assessment. You should make your first entries to your ePortfolio in the fall semester.

First Year ePortfolio Entries

  • Results of your career assessment
  • Learning outcomes of coursework
  • Reflections of experiences and travels
  • Best works and key performances
  • Work-in-progress resume
  • Interests you have identified through coursework, campus activities, and career exploration materials.

Sophomore Year: Academic and Career Exploration

In your sophomore year, you will continue to focus on competency and skills development. It is a time that you should be reviewing, revising and/or reaffirming interests and skills. In addition, you should accept leadership roles on campus and participate in informational interviews. Try out a career field through volunteering, participating in an internship or research.

Second Year ePortfolio Entries

  • Duties and responsibilities of volunteer activities, internship, or research; contact names of supervisors of these activities
  • Best works and key performances
  • Reflections of experiences and travels
  • Learning outcomes of coursework
  • Work-in-progress resume
  • Interests you have identified throught coursework, campus activities and career exploration materials

Junior Year: Academic Specialization and Career Experimentation

The academic focus in the junior year is on specialization. Your high-level coursework will contain content that will serve as enrichment and background to the major, require skill development that will improve competencies in the major, and provide knowledge and exposure that will make the major more marketable in your chosen career field. During your junior year you should participate in an internship, job shadow, and/or take a summer job relevant to your field to learn the skills necessary to enter the field. By accepting leadership opportunities and challenging yourself to learn new skills, you will add to your marketability to employers.

Third Year ePortfolio Entries

  • Activities and responsibilities in volunteer and leadership experiences, and club involvement
  • Duties, accomplishments and reflections of your internship, or research; contact names of supervisors of these activities
  • Best works and key performances
  • Interests you have identified through coursework, campus activities, and career exploration materials
  • Reflections of experiences and travels
  • Resume targeted to internships, research or graduate school
  • Competencies in your major; skills developed
  • Learning outcomes of coursework
  • If planning graduate/professional school; enter schools of interest, entrance requirements, required entrance tests, deadlines for application

Senior Year: Academic Specialization and Career Decision-making

Specialization continues throughout the final year. During your senior year you will clarify your goals and commit to achieving those goals. If you are seeking employment, you should learn job search skills, and interview skills, as well as attend career fairs and finalize your resume. If you are applying to graduate school, you will be finalizing you applications and making decisions on offers of acceptances.

Senior Year ePortfolio Entries

  • Final draft of resume/s targeting different jobs
  • List of targeted employers and job titles that fit your interests
  • Activities and responsibilities in volunteer and leadership experiences, and club involvement
  • Duties, accomplishments and reflections of your internship, or research; contact names of supervisors of these activities
  • Best works and key performances
  • Interests you have identified through coursework, campus activities, and career exploration materials
  • Reflections of experiences, coursework, and travels
  • Competencies in your major; skills developed
  • Senior paper
  • If going to graduate school, organize admissions requirements, application deadlines, graduate tests and enter your personal statement