Unit Eight: Presenting Yourself

The e-portfolio project, the last assignment for this course, will comprise a selection of your very best work. The objectives of the e-portfolio assignment include:

  • to reflect on the work you have done this year, assessing the merits and themes of your inquiries.
  • to learn–and put into practice–the difference between revision and proofreading or editing
  • to use rhetorical skills, once again, to design and present that work to a broad online audience that might include faculty members and administrators, admission boards, future employers, friends, and relatives.
  • to reflect on the rhetorical dimensions of such broad self-presentation and to make design decisions accordingly

For this assignment, you will want to pay attention to design and arrangement issues, and revisit earlier assignments based on feedback you received as well as things you have learned subsequent to that point in the semester. Revision ought to take into account approaches to writing style you have learned during the semester as well.

In preparation for this capstone assignment, the last few class meetings will be spent arranging your portfolio and writing reflective, introductory, and biographical prose (or poetry, perhaps!).

Your e-portfolio must have:
1. A place where you share information about yourself and the purpose and composition of the website

2. At least three written assignments from RCL, edited, revised, proofread for public consumption

3. At least two multi-media pieces

4. Samples of your favorite blogs

5. Short reflective/explanatory descriptions of the work and its context

6. A place your audience can use to contact you

7. Resumé

8. Images

Optional: Coursework from other courses, extracurriculars, hobbies, etc. These will be deemed as appropriate or necessary depending on your defined purpose and audience(s).

To submit your e-portfolio, please place a one-page letter in the appropriate Canvas drop box that explains the purpose(s) of your e-portfolio and includes your e-portfolio URL. You letter should explain the choices you made as they relate to your goals for this project. You should include:

  • Description of your audience
  • Description of rhetorical choices—colors, templates, use of images—and how these are appropriate for your selected audience
    • How did you decide that these choices would be appropriate for your audience?
  • Justification of organizational strategy
  • Description of curation:
    • why did you choose the pieces you did?
    • how did you edit or revise them?

Letters with e-portfolio URLS are due on Canvas by Monday, April 29th at noon.


e-Portfolio Grading Guidelines

Content – 50%

  • All elements of the assignment are represented (Intro, biography, coursework elements, letter explaining purpose & intended primary and secondary audiences)
  • Chosen elements are engaging and reflect positively on you
  • Work is free from errors and is well-written, appropriately written for designated audiences
  • Website thoughtful, clearly the produce of critical thinking and effort

Quality – 50%

  • The site is professional-looking
  • Easily, logically navigable
  • High quality images
  • Consistent use of color, fonts, theme
  • Suitable design and presentation for intended audience
  • Free of mistakes