Students complete an ePortfolio as a capstone project of the work they complete as part of their Notation. ePortfolios are assessed by a committee as the final Notation requirement.
The Notation ePortfolio includes four main elements:
- A cohesive and engaging cover letter that describes the student’s identity, demonstrates their learning, and provides a framework for viewing the ePortfolio.
- Carefully curated examples of work, or artifacts, that provide evidence for learning. Artifacts should represent a variety of genres and modes, and they can be drawn from any curricular or co-curricular work done while at Stanford. Notation ePortfolios typically have 6-12 artifacts.
- Additional reflections that contextualize artifacts and expand on the overall message about learning presented in the cover letter. Reflections should accompany all individual artifacts, and some students choose to include additional reflections on artifact groupings or on their future goals.
- Purposeful design with a clear site architecture and thoughtful visual rhetoric that supports the student’s overall message about their identity and learning. Most students build their ePortfolios using the online tool Digication, though students can petition to use other platforms as needed.
Want to see these elements in action? View ePortfolios from graduated Notation students in our ePortfolio Archive.
Benefits of an ePortfolio
Why do you have to create an ePortfolio for the Notation programs? There are three reasons.
First, the ePortfolio demonstrates that you have met the cumulative requirement for the Notation.
Second, because of its significant reflective component, it enhances your learning by encouraging you to draw connections among your courses and writing experiences.
Lastly, it documents your transferable communication skills and allows you to present your work to a number of audiences beyond your instructors. Prospective employers and graduate school admissions committees might use the ePortfolio as a way to assess your skills in communication and rhetoric.