The ePortfolio is an individualized group of artifacts and structured reflections that students compile from approved course assignments and other professional experiences throughout the LIS Program, demonstrating mastery of the six program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs). For students entering the LIS Program in Fall 2018 and later, the complete ePortfolio serves as the culminating experience for non-thesis (Plan B) students, though thesis (Plan A) students are also required to compile and upload the six artifacts. The ePortfolio is introduced in the first semester as part of LIS 691 Masters Seminar I, supported in coursework and regular advising sessions throughout the program, and completed, assessed and presented in LIS 692 Masters Seminar II, taken in the semester the student expects to graduate.
Components of the ePortfolio
- An introduction (approximately 2 double-spaced pages or 500 words), summarizing your path to and through the LIS Program. As a starting point, you may wish to review the statement of purpose you submitted when you applied for admission to the LIS Program.
- Six artifacts, one demonstrating mastery of each of the six SLOs. Each artifact must be an individual major course assignment designated as ePortfolio-eligible by the course instructor, with the following exceptions and conditions:
- One artifact may be derived from a non-coursework experience. These may include internships (LIS 690), practica (LIS 696), independent study projects (LIS 699), or significant work with student, professional and/or community organizations. Work with your advisor to determine whether the experience constitutes an appropriate artifact. To incorporate a non-coursework artifact, write a detailed summary (approximately 5 double-spaced pages, or 1500 words) describing the experience and upload it as your artifact for the corresponding SLO. Discuss how your experience demonstrates evidence of SLO mastery in the associated reflective essay.
- Artifacts demonstrating mastery of SLO5 and SLO6 may be drawn from group assignments. If you choose to do this, in the reflective essay(s) you will be expected to reflect on your role in the group and its work process, in addition to how the artifact demonstrates your individual mastery of the SLO.
- You may not use the same artifact as evidence for more than one SLO.
- Six reflective essays, one accompanying each artifact, discussing why you believe the artifact demonstrates mastery of the associated SLO, and what you learned from the experience that will help you as a professional. Each reflective essay should be approximately 3-4 double-spaced pages, or 1000 words, and include a link to the associated artifact.
- A conclusion (approximately 2 double-spaced pages or 500 words), summarizing and integrating the six reflections, and how you plan to apply what you have learned to a specific information environment, problem or community of interest.
- A public presentation, briefly summarizing your ePortfolio, in LIS 692 Masters Seminar II.
ePortfolios must meet minimum format and technical quality standards before being submitted for final evaluation. General platform functions will be introduced and demonstrated in LIS 691 Masters Seminar I, and while platform specifics may vary and change, students are responsible for consistently uploading and maintaining access to SLO artifacts throughout their time in the program, and for creating an ePortfolio that meets program standards. The format and technical quality of the final ePortfolio are evaluated by the LIS 692 Masters Seminar II instructor, who provides an Acceptable/Not acceptable determination on the following general criteria:
- Legibility: Fonts and type size vary appropriately for headings, sub-headings and text.
- Accuracy: No typographical errors in the introduction, reflections or conclusion. Typos which may exist in the artifacts themselves need not be corrected.
- Accessibility: Use of headings, sub-headings and paragraphs promotes easy scanning. All links work.
- Layout: Color of background, fonts, etc. enhance readability and aesthetic quality.
The LIS 692 Masters Seminar II instructor will offer general formatting suggestions, but will not copy edit students’ work.
ePortfolios meeting format and technical quality standards are evaluated by a two-member committee of faculty, though LIS professionals may also be included. For each SLO, the artifact and reflective essay are evaluated as a unit, following the ePortfolio rubric and FAQ. While the introduction and conclusion are not evaluated directly, they serve the important role of helping to contextualize and personalize your artifacts and reflections. You must achieve average scores of 3 or higher on every SLO to pass. For each SLO receiving an average score below 3, you will have one chance to revise and resubmit the associated reflective essay. Once you have passed the written ePortfolio, you are eligible to schedule the required public presentation in the LIS 692 seminar, where you briefly summarize your ePortfolio experience and your goals for the future. The presentation is required, but not graded.
ePortfolio development timeline
- Entering semester: In LIS 691 Masters Seminar I, you’ll be introduced to several ePortfolio platforms and create one of your own, where you’ll upload artifacts throughout your time in the LIS Program. Through guest talks, workshops and peer mentoring, you’ll develop skills needed for the ePortfolio such as information presentation, structured reflections and evidence-based assessment. You’ll also discuss current and future ePortfolio-eligible assignments and potential artifacts with your advisor when it is time to select courses for the following semester.
- 2nd, 3rd and subsequent pre-graduation semesters: Keep reflective notes on communities and professional situations that interest you. Continually review the ePortfolio rubric and FAQ to ensure that your coursework, artifacts and reflections both support your interests and meet program standards. Review your evolving ePortfolio with your advisor during each advising session. Though you need not enroll in the seminar during these middle semesters, you are encouraged to attend sessions of interest to you, especially the final sessions where graduating students summarize and present their experiences.
- Exiting semester: In LIS 692 Masters Seminar II, you’ll complete ePortfolio requirements and submit your ePortfolio for evaluation by mid-semester. You will also have the opportunity to mentor entering students by giving a talk, panel presentation or similar contribution in the seminar. Once you have passed the written ePortfolio, you and other graduating students will give summary presentations at the end of the semester.