General Education

In the General Education section of the ePortfolio, you’ll include showcase artifacts for each General Education Core Skill along with reflections of at least three paragraphs to accompany each artifact. The purpose of this section is to present your best work in each of the Core Skill areas and reflect on your learning. Use the following guidelines to help you generate information and reflect on each artifact.

The elements in Parts I and II should be present in your reflection (Part III) on each of the General Education Core Skills. Incorporate the following for each Core Skill:

PART I - To be completed early in your first semester.

  • State each General Education Core Skill area and Core Skill outcome statement. See the “General Education and Core Skills” page.
  • Consider perceptions of your strengths and weaknesses in each of the Core Skills.
  • Set two SMART goals for yourself for each Core Skill. See the goals section of the “ePortfolio Components” or “Building the ePortfolio” pages of the website. What will you need to accomplish your goals, and how will you know when you have done so?

PART II - To be completed after taking classes in General Education, finish this section before completing your ePortfolio. It would be wise to work on this section throughout your program.

  • Write a paragraph about why you think each Core Skill is important to your personal, academic, and professional life.
  • Write two paragraphs about how the Core Skills complement or are related to each other.
  • A list of classes you took that contributed to your skill development for the General Education Core Skill area.
  • An overview of the assignment that led to your showcase artifact for the General Education Core Skill. In what class did you complete the assignment? What were the general instructions?
  • The link to the showcase artifact for the General Education Core Skill.
  • A brief explanation of whether you met the two goals you set for this General Education Core Skill.

Part III - To be completed after taking classes in General Education, finish this section for your final ePortfolio. It would be wise to work on this section throughout your program.

  • Write a minimum of three paragraphs of reflection about your showcase artifact. Use Part I and II and the questions under “The Key Features of Reflective Writing” on the "Writing Resources--Reflective Writing" page to help you think more deeply about your educational experiences.
  • The reflection may be based on instructions given in class by an instructor, or it may be based on the questions and one of the narrative strategies outlined on the "Writing Resources--Reflective Writing" page.

Remember to be creative in your approach and pay particular attention to the reflective writing. It is probably the most important part of this section.