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 learning experiences in the School. 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.

Spring/Summer 2021 Required Learning Outcome for the reflective essay for MLIS:

#9: Evaluate and apply library and information science research to problems of professional practice by employing theories, best practices, and assessment strategies to the range of information functions.


Spring/Summer 2021 Required Learning Outcome for the reflective essay for MSIM:

 #2: Leverage databases and datasets to uncover and present insights that drive decision-making.


If you are looking for information about Certificate Portfolio, please refer to the Certificate Portfolio page at: http://sis.wayne.edu/students/eportfolios/cert-portfolio

The E-Portfolio includes all the following items:

  • A Reflective Essay
  • Artifacts or assignments supporting student learning outcome proficiency as discussed in the Reflective Essay
  • A professional resume
  • Completed survey in E-Portfolio Canvas site

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 two of the degree-specific student learning outcomes. For the two learning outcomes, one is randomly selected by the School, and the other is chosen by the student. The student should use 500-600 words to demonstrate his/her understanding of each of the two learning outcomes, and use 2 artifacts to support their proficiencies in each.

As a concluding piece of the essay, the student includes 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 the degree-specific student learning outcomes. The student may address questions like: What is an information professional?; What are the characteristics, qualities and knowledge that will be most important to you as an information professional?

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.

If a student is unable to produce the required E-Portfolio artifacts, 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. The student may explain why the essay is being provided for the course artifact at the beginning of the short essay.

Students must back up course artifacts to multiple locations during the course of their studies at the School. Students must not rely on the learning management system (e.g., Canvas) as a backup system. It is not the responsibility of the School, its staff or faculty, to retain copies of student work.

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.

Portfolio Information Session Recording from 9/29/20