In the first half of the Spring ’17 semester Christina, Angelica, and Aracelia enrolled in the first eportfolio tutorial offered in the English Department. (Note: If you would like to know more about eportfolios, Kathleen Blake Yancey has contributed a short article to the Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities keyword project accessible here.)
As part of the tutorial, the participants various theories of representation, media, and identity to figure out how to develop a compelling online identity based on works they had developed in literature and creative writing classes within the English major at College of Charleston.
Although neither Christina, Angelica, or Aracelia had much web design experience at the beginning of the course, each developed a space for themselves on the internet to showcase their works and share aspects of their professional and creative identities. I hope that in browsing each of their eportfolios you can see that each representation is as distinct as the individuals who made them. In addition to what’s below, I’ve also built a website showcasing each student’s portfolio and their reflections on their experiences here.
An English and Secondary Education major, Aracelia found the portfolio experience helpful as a way of finding a trajectory through the major to help her be more intentional about the topics she selects in her literature courses and the subjects she writes about in her creative writing courses.
A Creative Writing concentrator, Angelica used the portfolio as a way to begin thinking about how the critical pieces that she has written in her literature courses connect with and inform her creative writing.
Also a Creative Writing concentrator, Christina used the portfolio tutorial to draw a broader set of connections between the work she does in school–short story writing and essay writing–and the creative work she does outside of school: photography and bookbinding.