Wayne State University


The Portfolio, submitted electronically (e-portfolio), serves as the culminating learning outcomes assessment for the student preparing to graduate from the School of Information Sciences. The e-portfolio is an opportunity for the student to reflect on his or her cumulative experiences in the degree or certificate program, including both required and elective courses. The contents of the e-portfolio focus on professional skills and knowledge developed during the student's coursework. After ascertaining that all required materials are present, the e-portfolio is evaluated by a Faculty Committee consisting of a minimum of two full time faculty members.

The e-portfolio includes all the following items:

  • A Reflective Essay
  • Sample artifacts or assignments of high quality 
  • Evaluative statements for each sample artifact
  • A professional resume

In the reflective essay, the student discusses how he/she has developed as an information professional and demonstrates how he/she has become proficient in the student learning outcomes.  In the Introduction section, the student clearly identifies, justifies, and cites the included learning outcomes.  For each learning outcome, the student should use 300-400 words to demonstrate his/her understanding of the learning outcome.

The e-portfolio also includes sample artifacts or assignments of high quality and evaluative statements for each sample artifact. An artifact in the context of the e-portfolio may refer to any sample work a student has completed in a course since entering SIS. It can be in a variety of different formats, such as a paper, a web site, a database, etc.  It does not have to be a formally graded assignment.  The sample artifacts students choose to include in the e-portfolio should be of the highest quality representing the SIS learning outcomes. Each evaluative statement should analyze the contribution of the artifact to the student's professional development. Students are responsible for retaining the necessary documentation - please refer to the document storage and retention policy.

When a student is unable to produce the required e-portfolio artifacts for their core classes, the student will write a 500 to 750-word essay for each missing artifact. The short essay will address aspects of the class that developed their professional LIS skills and understanding, highlighting the learning outcomes mastered. Writing an essay to replace a lost course artifact for the E-Portfolio is an activity of last resort.  In the evaluative statement accompanying the essay, the student will explain why the essay is being provided for the course artifact.

As a concluding piece of the essay, the student include his/her stance or philosophy of the information profession.  This philosophy will be supported by using readings of the research, professional literature, personal experiences, and SIS' student learning outcomes. The student may address questions like: What is an LISprofessional?; What are the characteristics, qualities and knowledge that will be most important to you as an LIS professional?


Difference Between MLIS and Certificate E-Portfolios

Students submit a separate e-portfolio for the MLIS degree and for each completed certificate.  The requirements and grading rubrics for completing the MLIS and certificate e-portfolios are the same.  The distinction is the number of learning outcomes and artifacts to include.

  • For the MLIS e-portfolio, students select three (3) of the MLIS Student Learning Outcomes to write about in the essay and include nine (9) artifacts: one (1) artifact from each of the six (6) core courses and one (1) artifact from each of three (3) elective courses.
  • The certificate e-portfolio becomes a graduation requirement for any new student beginning January 2016 or after. Note:  Students enrolled prior to January 2016 who choose to add the Graduate Certificate in Information Management (GCIM) or the Graduate Certificate in Public Library Services to Children and Young Adults (GCPLSCYA) are not required to complete this requirement. Students who add the Graduate Certificate in Archival Administration (GCAA) must complete this requirement if they complete LIS 7710 during/after Fall 2016. Each student selects two (2) of the certificate's Student Learning Outcomes to write about in their reflective essay and includes two (2) artifacts that demonstrate their competency in the selected learning outcomes.  The student selects one (1) artifact from two (2) different certificate courses.    

Please check each of the following areas for complete information on the preparation, submission and assessment of e-portfolios.

If you have any questions on the completion of your e-portfolios, you may contact Dr. Bin Li.