Building the ePortfolio

Getting Started

Where do I go to build my ePortfolio?

  • SPCC has selected Wix as the supported ePortfolio platform.
  • Wix provides:
    • an easy to use drag-and-drop interface
    • 30 fonts and hundreds of templates
    • 2.5 GB of free storage
    • FAQs, public forums, and interactive video tutorials
    • password protection and the ability to hide sites from web searches
  • You are not limited to using Wix. You may select any platform which allows you to create a web-based site.
  • You may not use social networking sites such as Myspace, Facebook, Blogger, or similar sites.
  • If you use Wix to create your ePortfolio your CIS 110 instructor and the Academic Support Center staff will be able to assist you in your use of Wix.
  • If you choose a platform other than Wix, SPCC cannot provide you the same level of support, as our staff is trained to use Wix.

How do I get started with Wix?

Which option do I use to sign in to Wix when creating my Wix account?

  • Click the Sign In button at the top of the Wix home page.
  • Click the Sign in with Google button and provide your SPCC student Gmail account.
  • Sign in using your SPCC Gmail account/password.
  • Follow the provided instructions to confirm your account.

Wix login screenshot.

 

Do I need to buy a domain name for my ePortfolio?

  • No, you do not need to buy a domain name. You are welcome to use the free Wix URL which has the following format: username.wix.com/sitename.
  • You may purchase a domain name if you like, but note that this requires upgrading your Wix account to the premium plan which is not free.

How do I save my ePortfolio?

  • Wix does not automatically save your work.
  • Click the Save button at the top of the Wix Editor page.
  • Use your first initial and last name with no space in between as the site name.
    For example, Joe Student would use JStudent as his site name.

Wix "It's time to save your work and name your site" dialog box screenshot.

 

Is my ePortfolio public or private?

  • Publishing your ePortfolio makes it visible to others.
  • You choose whether your ePortfolio will be public (visible to search engines), or only visible to anyone to whom you provide the link.
  • Click the Publish button at the top of the Wix Editor page.
  • To limit viewing to only those who have a link to your ePortfolio, move the slider button next to Allow search engines to find my site to the left. The button on the slider will turn red.
  • Click the blue Publish button.
  • Note that each time you save your ePortfolio you will also need to Publish it again in order for others to be able to see the changes.
  • See the screenshot below. Your site address will include your username, where this sample uses “kbat2334.” Therefore, yours will look different.

Wix "You are about to publish your site online" dialog box screenshot.

 

What do I need to think about when adding content to my ePortfolio?

  • Your ePortfolio will contain content and reflections that you create.
  • You may include photos as long as you are not violating copyright laws.
  • Copyright is protection created by the US Constitution that gives virtually every author the exclusive right to use or reproduce their work. This is a federal law and therefore uniform across all states. And, as the US Government has signed on to a variety of international copyright agreements, protection is essentially world-wide. Nearly every photo taken gives the author (the one who takes the photo) a protectable right to prevent others from using or reproducing that image. (Source: http://sarafhawkins.com/blog-law-photo-use-and-etiquette/)

Where can I find photos that I can use without being concerned about copyright issues?

  • You can use photos that you take yourself as long as they do not include other people.
    (Copyright definition)
  • You will find a Free from Wix tab for each of the Image types that can be added to your ePortfolio from within the Wix Editor.
  • These websites provide photos that you can use without seeking permission of the owner:

Why do We Need to Set Goals for the ePortfolio?

Goals are those things you want to achieve. A short-term goal is something you want to achieve soon. A long-term goal is something that you will achieve further in the future. In other words, long-term goals are a destination and short-term goals are the stepping stones along the way to reaching your long-term goal. Creating your final ePortfolio, especially in the early stages, may seem like a very large and hard to reach project. However, by creating your ePortfolio plan and breaking it down into small steps, you can easily see what progress you have made. The result is that you will increase your self-confidence and motivation as you accomplish one step after another.

Remember: "If you don't know where you are going, how can you expect to get there?" -Basil S. Walsh

Some Things to Think about When Setting your ePortfolio Goals:

  • What do you really want out of your ePortfolio? You should use your best showcase work that reflects important concepts you have learned and demonstrates to others your character, ability to do critical thinking and your creativity.
  • Make sure your goals are positive statements. Think about what you want, not about what you do not want or what you want to escape. For example, "I want to put my best showcase work in my ePortfolio" is a better goal than "I want to do just enough to get credit for this project."
  • Make sure your goals are detailed and written down. If they are too general or not visible, it is easy to forget or ignore your goals. Goals should also have deadlines or set timeframes to be accomplished.
  • Make sure your ePortfolio goals cover all of the important areas of your educational and/or career goals.
  • Be SMART about setting your goals.

What are SMART goals?
These goals are:
S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Achievable
R = Realistic and/or relevant
T = Time-based

When making career goals, you will want the goals to meet as many of these criteria as possible. Here is what each of the SMART terms means:

Specific
Specific means being precise and detailed. When you write a goal that is specific, ask yourself: WHAT are you going to do? Be clear and detailed.

Measurable
Measurable means you are able to determine that you have hit your target. When you write a goal that is measurable, ask yourself: HOW will you know when it is finished?

Achievable
Achievable means your goal is not just a dream, but is within reach. When you write a goal that is achievable, ask yourself: HOW are you going to do it? Make a plan to achieve your goal.

Realistic/Relevant
Realistic means it is possible to accomplish the task within a fixed amount of time. When you write a goal that is realistic, ask yourself: Can you do this in the timeframe that you have planned? Be honest about how long it will take you to achieve your goal and how you will get it done.

Time-based
Time-based means the goal is not open-ended, that there is a timeframe. When you write a goal that is time-based, ask yourself: WHEN are you going to have this done? Take small steps to complete your goal by the deadline.

See the “ePortfolio Components” page for more information.

Rubric for Evaluating the ePortfolio

Please see the “Checklist” and “Rubric” for information about how the ePortfolios will be evaluated.