Wayne State University

E-Portfolio Preparation

Students who begin the MLIS degree in Fall 2009 (September 2009) or after are required to submit an e-portfolio.  The e-portfolio should include all the following items:

  • A Reflective Essay
  • Sample artifacts or assignments of high quality for each of the six core classes, and three elective classes
  • Evaluative statements for each sample artifact
  • A professional resume

Note that you have to include all required items in order to pass the e-portfolio requirement. 

In the reflective essay, students demonstrate their competency in the SLIS’ student learning outcomes, analyze the contribution of included artifacts to the students’ professional development, and describe students’ beliefs regarding the professional responsibilities of an LIS professional. Please follow the Instructions for Writing Reflective Essays link for more detail.

Students can talk about all relevant course experiences or content in the reflective essay, even if they do not have sample artifacts in the e-portfolio.

An artifact in the context of the e-portfolio may refer to any sample work a student has completed in a course since entering SLIS.  It can be in a variety of different formats, such as a paper, a web site, a database, etc.  It does not have to be a formally graded assignment.  The sample artifacts students choose to include in the e-portfolio should be of the highest quality representing the SLIS’ learning outcomes. 

A student can put into the e-portfolio classes s/he is taking in the last semester.  In this case, if nothing significant has been completed by the time the e-portfolio is due, the student can consult with the instructor of their course(s) for that semester about what an appropriate artifact for the e-portfolio might be.  The student can also put together a review/essay of aspects of the course to date that s/he believes will be valuable as an LIS professional.

If a transfer course taken from another institution is approved to substitute for a core SLIS class, a representative sample from that transfer course may be included in the e-portfolio. 

Students can use group work as artifacts for their e-portfolio, provided they meet the following conditions:

  1. They must have written approval from every group member pertaining to the use of the group project in their e-portfolio. These written agreements must be included in the e-portfolio. 
  2. They must indicate the name of every group member prominently on the group project.

Here is a sample group permission form you can use: Sample Group Project Permission Form

Each sample artifact or evidence should be prefaced with an evaluative statement.  An evaluative statement is a brief statement of the motivation for and circumstances under which the item was produced, and its relationship to overall patterns of personal development. Students can indicate in the evaluative statement what the item represents in terms of personal and professional growth or learning outcome, its relationship to a professional knowledge base, or its meaning as to why it was included in the e-portfolio.