Discovery Core ePortfolio Resources

Table of Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Creating and Managing an ePortfolio in Canvas, including:
  3. Discovery Core I - Fall Quarter
  4. Discovery Core II - Winter Quarter
  5. Discovery Core III - Spring Quarter


As part of your first-year experience in the Discovery Core (DC) sequence, you will create an ePortfolio that tells a story about your first-year journey at UW Bothell. Think of your portfolio as a “workspace” and a “record” of academic learning, relevant on- and off-campus experiences, and developing skills.  Specifically, you will reflect on how the “artifacts” of your first-year work (essays, reports, projects, presentations, performances, art work, etc.) helped you achieve the First Year Learning Goals. Below are resources explaining essential steps in the DC Portfolio creation, sharing and submission processes.

Creating and Managing an ePortfolio in Canvas

Creating an ePortfolio

  • To create a new ePortfolio in Canvas first click on your name in the upper right hand corner of your canvas page.
  • Then click on ePortfolios on the left hand side of the page 


  • Now click Create an ePortfolio

create new

  • Name your portfolio DC Portfolio Firstname Lastname
  • Do NOT check the Make it Public box
  • Now click on the Go to the Actual Portfolio button

go to the actual portfolio

  • The DC Portfolio needs a Welcome/Home page (this is already created with the portfolio) Students should add an "About Me" header on the page by clicking Edit This Page

  • Be sure to check on the Allow Comments on this Page box

  • Now add your "About Me" into the text box

  • Now you need to add your Discovery Core navigation sections to the left side bar. To do this click on Organize Sections on the left
  • Now click Add Section
  • Now name your section Discovery Core I
    • Repeat this step for Discovery Core II and Discovery Core III

  • Even though you titled the section correctly, the page in that section has the unhelpful title of "New Page." So, you must now go into each of the pages and change the page title. To do this click on the Edit This Page button.
  • You can then edit the title of the page. Change each page to Discovery Core I, Discovery Core II, and Discovery Core III, respectively.

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Submitting an ePortfolio for a Class Assignment

  • To submit your eportfolio for an assignment, you need to copy and paste the private URL for your portfolio. To do this:
    • Click on the name of your Portfolio at the top of the page

  • On your ePortfolio Dashboard, copy the link listed.


  • Go to your Canvas course assignment, paste the link you copied in the previous step and submit your assignment.

Editing Page Content

  • To edit the content found on each page click on the Edit This Page button on the left side of the page
    • You can add new content to your page by clicking on any of the buttons listed on the right side of the page, each time you click the button the new content will appear at the bottom of the page
    • You can reorder the content by clicking on the arrow listed beside each title and dragging it around the page
    • To delete a section click on the trash can icon on the right side of the content box


  • To add a new text box on the page simply click on Rich Text Content
  • You are able to embed HTML code into your page by clicking on the HTML/Embedded Content button
  • To upload and attach an assignment that you previously submitted onto a Canvas course to the page click on the Course Submission button
  • To upload a file or image click on Image/File Upload

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Example Portfolios



Video Tutorial

Discovery Core I - Fall Quarter

The DCI focuses on Discovery and student transition to the university by connecting students to campus resources and services.  Students collectively establish first-year and cross-campus learning communities; develop college-level academic skills in reading, note-taking, study skills, and time management; engage in interdisciplinary dialogue and investigation; and begin an ePortfolio that supports first-year learning.

Create an ePortfolio


Create a Home Page

This will be the first page your audience sees when they open your portfolio. Use this space to welcome the viewer and introduce them to the contents. You might think of the homepage as a roadmap to your portfolio, highlighting important milestones along the route. Students can also arrange this as a table of contents, indicating what is in each chapter of your portfolio.

Please note: although your portfolios may primarily be viewed by the UW community (students, staff, and faculty), you are always writing for a "public" audience, so think about what viewers may value and find worthwhile in your portfolio.

“About Me” section

Create an "About Me" section to briefly introduce yourself. Write a biography in 100-200 words that includes pertinent information for a college-level reader (e.g. where you are from, your interests, and your personal, academic and professional goals)

Reflective Statement on Goals and Campus Resources

Your DCI instructor will ask you to familiarize yourself with our campus resources http://www.uwb.edu/premajor/first-year-discovery and then post a short reflective statement in your ePortfolio. The nature of this assignment is up to each DC instructor, but some ideas may include one or more of the following:

Idea 1

Carefully review information about the Student Success Resources at UWB (new page? See link above). Then write a short statement (about 500 words) on why you came to college and what you hope to do while here.  In order to strengthen this statement and provide concrete steps that you will take by the end of the first year, please identify some of the Student Success Resources you just reviewed that might help you advance your academic, personal and professional goals. Also be sure your statement indicates that you have learned something detailed and concrete about these resources. For example, if you struggle with math or need help writing a paper, you might seek help from the Quantitative Skills Center or Writing and Communication Center.  Or perhaps you want to study abroad at some point (get connected to our Global Initiatives office now!) or get involved with community service (check out the Community Based Learning & Research section!)  Whatever you choose to focus on, your statement should reflect the fact that you have carefully read through the web pages in the Student Success Resources section, learned something specific and concrete about the different services, and put some thought into which ones will help you advance your personal and academic goals while in college.  Final note: keep in mind that the point of this activity is to help you identify some of the accomplishments and activities you'd like to display in your ePortfolio by the end of this year, and help plan your strategy accordingly. You should be consistent in following up on this plan and regularly posting artifacts and updates on your accomplishments in during the year.

Idea 2

Take one or more assignment to the Writing & Communication Center, Quantitative Skills Center or to a Campus Librarian; at the quarter's end, post a reflection on what you learned from your interactions with the WACC, QSC or Campus Library.  Students should also attach artifacts and feedback from those collaborations.

Idea 3

At the end of the quarter, write a short reflective statement on how your learning and experience in the DCI helped you develop certain skills and capacities identified in the First Year Learning Goals, or in the Course Objectives for your particular DC section.  This statement should reference specific artifacts, learning experiences, assignments and/or campus collaborations. Please attach (or provide links to) all relevant artifacts with your post.

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Discovery Core II - Winter Quarter

The DCII focuses on Research and Campus Engagement.  During winter quarter students explore diverse topics and deepen their learning through undergraduate research in which the skills of analysis, creativity, and collaboration are essential.  Students also participate in the Pathways for Academic Engagement fair, which support their future aspirations by encouraging engagement with various services, programs, professional development, curricular and co-curricular activities.  Specifically, this event allows participants to explore experiences and opportunities related to career development, interdisciplinary education, academic success, community involvement, and campus engagement.  Students will also continue to develop their ePortfolios to reflect the connections they build out of this Pathways Event.
**For students who are new to UW Bothell in Winter quarter, follow the steps linked here: Create an ePortfolio in Canvas Tutorial (Link)

Post Work to your Portfolio on DCII Research and Campus Engagements

Your DCII instructor will also ask students to complete and post a reflective assignment in your ePortfolio that is related to participation in the Pathways to Academic Engagement Fair. The nature of this assignment is up to each DC instructor, but some ideas may include one or more of the following:

Idea 1

Before attending the Pathways to Engagement fair, familiarize yourself with the campus partners you will encounter there.  After participating in this event, write a short reflection (300-500 words) or complete an activity discussing interests and plans for your engagement with particular opportunities (Service Learning, Study Abroad, Internships, Undergraduate Research, campus organizations and clubs, etc.) Please note that you will be re-visiting these statements in the DCIII to reflect on your ongoing progress with that particular engagement.

Idea 2

Since the DCII also focuses on research (use of evidence, analysis of artifacts, etc.), prior to attending the Pathways to Engagement event students might identify which major and/or campus activity they are MOST interested in and want to be involved with, and which they are LEAST interested in engaging.  During the event itself, students can collect at least one piece of "evidence" to support both positions (a fact they learned, a conversation they had, a flyer they picked up, etc.)  Following the event students can reflect on ways this new evidence either supports or challenges their original positions.

Idea 3

Review the Career Action Guide and enter notes to identify any steps from this guide that you have already taken, and any opportunities encountered at the Pathways to Engagement fair that might further advance those goals. If you have not yet taken any steps specified on this guide, sketch out a plan to complete as many as possible during winter and spring quarter. 

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Discovery Core III - Spring Quarter

DCIII students focus on Reflection and interpretation of artifacts demonstrating their first-year learning experiences and campus engagement, while also projecting toward the second year of college and beyond.  During spring quarter students will workshop, revise, and finalize portfolios and prepare for a public Portfolio Showcase presentation.

**For students who are new to UW Bothell in Spring quarter, follow the steps linked below: Create an ePortfolio in Canvas Tutorial (Link)

First Year Reflection Essay

This section of your ePortfolio focuses on what you’ve accomplished in your first year at UW Bothell. On this page, you will reflect on curricular and extracurricular experiences you’ve had in your first year by writing a 1000-1500 word, evidence-based narrative that responds to one or more of the prompts below. You should provide specific and persuasive evidence to support the narrative about yourself and your first year experiences. The evidence you use to support your narrative should be drawn from the “artifacts” or “texts” from your courses (papers, peer reviews, presentations, lab reports, graphs or spreadsheets, artwork, webpages, etc.) Your essay will clearly describe, analyze, and connect your artifacts to your narrative, so be sure to attach or link to those artifacts within your essay. Also remember to be specific and both “show” your evidence and “tell” about your evidence to present a more convincing narrative.

When you discuss your artifacts, please briefly identify and describe your First Year courses, assignments, and activities (you can use artifacts from any class you have taken during your first year).

The guidelines for this reflective essay are up to individual DCIII instructors, but prompts may include one or more of the following:

Reflective Essay Prompts

  • How do your first-year experiences and artifacts specifically relate to the First Year Learning Goals?
  • How do your first-year experiences and artifacts specifically relate to your goals for UW Bothell and your career path?
  • Of the things you've learned during your first year, which two or three do you most want to carry forward into next year, and how do these specifically relate to your artifacts?
  • What knowledge, skills and strengths are you developing in extracurricular and community experiences, and how can you connect these specifically to your artifacts and to what happens in the classroom?
  • In what ways have academic services or resources enriched your first year at UW Bothell (the Writing & Communication Center, QSC, Campus Library, Digital Media Lab, Career Services, etc.)?  How did these resources specifically influence your artifacts?

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