Learning Technologies

IAS ePortfolio Resources


Activating Your UW Google Apps

To activate your UW Google Apps:

  • Log in to MyUW
  • Click on My Account in the top right corner of the screen.
  • In the left navigation on this page, click UW Google Apps

Image of my account menu

  • Read the terms and agreements and check the 'I agree..' box
  • You can ignore Step 2
  • Click 'No, do not change delivery setting'. You can always change your email forwarding settings at a later time
  • Make sure your first and last names are spelled correctly
  • Click Sign Up

Once you see this page that congratulates you for signing up, you know that your UW Google Apps are active.

To get to your UW Google Apps is to go to gmail.uw.edu. You will be prompted to log in with your UW Net ID and password. The first time you enter your UW Google Apps, agree to Google’s Terms of Service. After you read the terms of service, type the characters you see in the Captcha picture and  click 'I accept. Continue to my account'.

You have successfully activated your UW Google Apps!

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Using the IAS ePortfolio Template

Text-Based Tutorial:

Follow these steps to use the IAS Portfolio template:

  1. Make sure you have activated your UW Google Apps (see first video above).
  2. Go to http://gsites.uw.edu
  3. Click the Create button
  4. Under "Select a Template to Use," click "Browse the gallery for more"
  5. Type "IAS" into the "Search Templates" search box and click the search button
  6. Click on "ias port" to use that template.
  7. Then, click Select.
  8. Next, where it says "Name your site," give the site the title that follows this specific naming convention: IAS Portfolio Lastname, Firstname
  9. Finally, click "Create"

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Sharing Your Portfolio Site with Your Instructor

In order to let an instructor view your site, you will have to allow access in your site settings. To do this, click on the blue Share button at the top right corner of your site to access the share settings.

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Share your site with the instructor’s UW e-mail. Make sure that the instructor's e-mail address ends in @uw.edu and not @uwb.edu; This is due to compatability issues that have arisen with some uwb.edu accounts on UW Google Apps. If you wish to share the site with people other than your instructor, any valid e-mail address will work.

Invite your instructor as an owner so they can comment on your pages as well as remove themselves from the site when they are finished looking at it. Any other people who you wish to share the site with can be invited as a viewer to prevent them from editing the page.

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Once the e-mail addresses of the people you want to invite have been entered, a message box will pop-up specifying that you are inviting people from outside the domain. Click OK. The people you have invited now have to access your portfolio.

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When should I begin my ePortfolio? Are there specific steps I should follow?

IAS students usually begin their ePortfolios in the BIS 300 Interdisciplinary Inquiry course. This course introduces students to portfolios as well as an introduction to the IAS portfolio requirements. In general, you should archive all work that is produced in IAS classes on UW Google Sites so you can better pull information that you may need when you are composing your portfolio in the BIS 499 Portofolio Capstone course. To learn more about this process, visit the IAS Degree Portfolio page.

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What should my ePortfolio look like?

An e-portfolio is a site that reflects the accomplishments of your learning. To that effect, there is not a strict guideline on how an ePortfolio should look like. Eportfolios can contain images, videos, and other pieces of media and can be designed to reflects one's personality. To get a better idea of ePortfolios, see the section below.

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Sample ePortfolios from UWB IAS Students

The following are examples of ePortfolios created by UWB IAS students. Keep in mind that you do not have to necessarily follow these examples and that your department or instructor may have different requirements for ePortfolios.

Amelia Dickinson, 2010, Community Psychology.  This site is a good example of a portfolio that is shaped in relation to the student's post-graduate educational and professional ambitions: https://sites.google.com/a/uw.edu/ias-sample-portfolio---amelia-dickson/ (UW NETID)

 Amanda Fischer, 2010, Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior. This site is a good example of a portfolio that works closely with the four IAS core learning objectives in relation to the student's future aspirations: https://sites.google.com/a/uw.edu/ias-sample-portfolio----amanda-fischer/ (UW NETID)

Rebecca Deer, 2010, Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior.  This site is a good example of a portfolio that allowed the author to reflect on the significance of her undergraduate education:
https://sites.google.com/a/uw.edu/ias-sample-portfolio---rebecca-deer/ (UW NETID)

Heidi Franklin, 2011, Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior.  This site is a good example of a portfolio that links the four IAS core learning objectives to the author’s interests in becoming a teacher: https://sites.google.com/a/uw.edu/ias-sample-portfolio---heidi-franklin/draft-capstone (UW NETID)

Shawn Friang, 2012, Science, Technology, and Society.  This portfolio highlights efforts from all of the author's coursework: https://sites.google.com/a/uw.edu/ias-sample-portfolio-shawn-friang/ (UW NETID)
Maresa Gochanour, 2011, Community Psychology.  This site is a good example of a portfolio that links the author’s educational accomplishments to her future career goals as an occupational therapist: https://sites.google.com/a/uw.edu/ias-sample-portfolio---maresa-gochanour/ (UW NETID)

Maxine Luna, 2011, Environmental Science. This portfolios traces the acquisition of key skills that helped define the author's future career path: https://sites.google.com/a/uw.edu/ias-sample-portfolio---maxine-luna/ (UW NetID)

Brenden McLane, 2012, Global Studies.  This portfolio illustrates detailed reflection on the author's growth since enrolling in IAS: https://sites.google.com//a/uw.edu/ias-portfolio-mclane-brenden/ (UW NetID)

Nathan Stout, 2012, Culture, Literature and the Arts. This portfolio employs detailed analyses of sample works, providing insights into the author's educational journey: https://sites.google.com/a/uw.edu/ias-sample-portfolio-nathan-stout/ (UW NetID)

Kat Sweet, 2012, Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior. This portfolio links the author’s existing professional activities – with non-profit organizations focused on bikes and biking – to her learning in IAS: https://sites.google.com/a/uw.edu/spring-2012-assessment---sweet/ (UW NetID)

Sample ePortfolios from UWB MACS Students

Priya Frank, 2011, Master of Arts in Cultural Studies: https://sites.google.com/a/uw.edu/cultural-studies-eportfolio-priya-frank/

Amanda Martin Sandino, 2011, Master of Arts in Cultural Studies: https://sites.google.com/a/uw.edu/cultural-studies-eportfolio-amanda-martin-sandino/

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What should be in an ePortfolio? Should I follow a specific layout?

In general, e-Portfolios are a way to express what you have learned in your classes in a unique and personal webpage. There is no "specific" way to make an ePortfolio as every person will have their own unique insight into what they have learned even in the same class with the same instructor.

In general, you should be putting information that relates to the four core IAS learning goals: Interdisciplinary Research, Critical Thinking, Collaboration and Shared Leadership, and Writing and Presentation.

For some ideas on creating your eportfolio, see the UW Honors Portfolio Toolkit for an overview of what elements constitute a good e-Porfolio.

UWB Links

Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (IAS) outline and requirements for their implementation of ePortfolios.

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