Beginning in the fall of 2008, all Macaulay students have had the opportunity to build eportfolios. We've got a large and growing community of students collecting, reflecting on, and presenting their work. And beginning in the fall of 2009, all those students are also part of the Macaulay Social Network--connecting the Macaulay Community!
What is an Eportfolio?
Think of all the work you do while you're a student at Macaulay. Assignments for classes, projects, a thesis, essays, photography, videos, musical performances, websites, blogs, wikis, mathematical formulae, scientific research or experiments, short stories, poetry...even more. Then think beyond that. Think of the other kinds of work you also do, that might be less formal, or less "official." Conversations with friends, interesting websites that have influenced your thinking and learning, books you've read on your own, places you've visited, souvenirs, emails...and even more than that, too.
All of these are "artifacts" of your thinking, your learning, your self while you're a Macaulay Honors College student. If you could put it all together, in a cabinet, or a room (or a huge building!), you would have a cabinet of curiosities (a wunderkammer). It could be the museum of you--and you could invite people in to take a look. You could decide which rooms in your museum would be good for showing to which audience, depending on what you wanted them to know about you. You could keep some rooms private, only for you, and you could have other rooms that you showed only to special people.
Even better, you could spend some time by yourself or with a few friends or colleagues, walking through the rooms, looking over all your artifacts, and thinking about what they mean to you, what they show about you. And as time goes by you might have different thoughts about each artifact, because when you learn more, you see things in a different way. And when you show your artifacts to friends and colleagues, they might be able to point out things that you missed yourself--things you didn't know you were learning. Then when you show the rooms in your museum to other people, you could tell them some of what you thought--you could guide them through your museum, explaining why you chose to include the artifacts, describing how you got them, and how they relate to other objects. You might even want to move things around, or make new rooms, or make a new map that shows how different rooms or shelves relate to each other.
And in a way, that's what an eportfolio is. It's a digital representation of your cabinet of curiosities, your wunderkammer, your museum of you. You get to build it, put your artifacts into it, design it, redesign it, think about, show it to other people, get their comments, and tell them what you think.
A Stylish Introduction
We've created a brief video "commercial" to help you get an idea of all the many things you can do with a Macaulay Eportfolio. Click here to watch. »
Build Your Eportfolio
All Macaulay students and alumni are entitled to an eportfolio. It's easy to build and can have multiple roles and purposes. If you've got the code word (from your Macaulay ITF), you've got all you need. If you haven't got that, just email Joseph Ugoretz, Director of Technology and Learning. Once you're ready, you can
start building. »
How to Get Started
If you need a little help getting started, our How-To video walks you through the steps of opening an account and creating a new eportfolio. Watch now »