Students who begin the MLIS degree in Fall 2009 (September 2009) or after are required to submit an e-portfolio. The e-portfolio should include all the following items:
- A Reflective Essay
- Artifacts or assignments supporting student learning outcome proficiency as discussed in the Reflective Essay
- Evaluative statements for each sample artifact
- A professional resume
- Completed survey in Blackboard e-Portfolio site
Note that you have to include all required items in order to pass the e-portfolio requirement.
In the Reflective Essay, students demonstrate their competency in their degree program's student learning outcomes, analyze the contribution of included artifacts to the students' professional development, and describe students' beliefs regarding the professional responsibilities of an LIS professional. Please follow the Instructions for Writing Reflective Essays link for more detail.
An artifact in the context of the e-portfolio may refer to any sample work a student has completed in a course since entering the School.
- Since 2 artifacts are needed for each learning outcome discussion, a total of 6 different artifacts should be uploaded to the e-portfolio blackboard site.
- The artifact can be in a variety of different formats, such as a paper, a web site, a database, group projects, etc.
- The artifact does not have to be a formally graded assignment.
- Students can choose multiple artifacts from one course.
The sample artifacts students choose to include in the e-portfolio should be of the highest quality representing the the School's learning outcomes. Students are responsible for retaining the necessary documentation of all artifacts – please refer to the document storage and retention policy.
If a transfer course taken from another institution is approved to substitute for a core class, a representative sample from that transfer course may be included in the e-portfolio.
Each sample artifact or evidence should be prefaced with an evaluative statement. An evaluative statement is a brief statement of the motivation for and circumstances under which the item was produced. Students can indicate in the evaluative statement what the item represents in terms of learning outcome proficiency, personal and professional growth, its relationship to a professional knowledge base, or its meaning as to why it was included in the e-portfolio. About 5-6 sentences are needed for each evaluative statement.
Note: you still need to discuss the course artifacts in the Reflective Essay to support your learning outcome competencies.
The student also needs to complete a survey evaluating their learning outcome proficiency in the e-portfolio Blackboard site.