This month we are featuring a participant from last summer’s Pace Prep program, a five-week multidisciplinary online course for incoming first-year students. Rachel Douty’s ePortfolio is a great example of how even new college students can create meaningful ePortfolios.
Rachel said her favorite part of Pace Prep was exploring the different areas of study offered at Pace, which affirmed her interest in finance. In each module of the Pace Prep course students were asked to post reflections, goals, and a few additional items in ePortfolio.
“My favorite aspect of ePortfolio is the flexibility of the platform to accommodate all types of media and [the user’s] ability to control the presentation of that media,” Rachel said. “I [took advantage of] this by uploading photos, work samples, and more, and then arranging them in an intuitive and visually appealing way.”
Though she had not started any credit-bearing courses at the time, Rachel’s Introduction page still gives viewers a good idea of who she is and what she hopes to achieve. It features a favorite quote, a wordle with adjectives that describe her, and her personal and professional goals.
Rachel’s advice to other new ePortfolio users is to first evaluate their skills and goals and then try to find the right medium (text, bulleted list, photos, etc.) to display those ideas.
Rachel also has a head start on her Academic Materials page. This page includes reflections on three of the Pace Prep modules and a powerful reflection where she talks about feeling “more connected with peers and professors due to the use of the discussion forum and the ePortfolio comments.” She also reflects on “Secrets of the Most Successful College Students, ” an article from the English module, where she writes about pursuing passion instead of just good grades. This seems to be working for Rachel as she already has four badges!
Congratulations to Rachel for putting together her ePortfolio so early in the game- we can’t wait to see how it evolves throughout her college career.