Excited about starting your WCU eBriefcase (eB)? Your eB will be a collection and presentation that represents all aspects of your educational experience at WCU. From your first writing course, through your service learning experiences, to your outside-the-classroom activities, and finally to the capstone experience in your major, your eB will showcase your development as an intentional, lifelong learner.
View Sample Portfolio Pages - To get started, view sample portfolio pages that have been constructed to demonstrate the power of the eBriefcase presentation system. These will give you some ideas of the kind of information you will want to put in your eB, and how you can share it in a way that is uniquely yours. Links to sample portfolio pages are provided inside the eB system.
Collect Material - The next step is to begin collecting material from your classes, as well as things that document what you do outside of the classroom. You can save writing projects, graphic images, artwork, and even original music and videos within the eB content management system.
Create Artifacts - You will want to keep some notes that explain how these files go together to represent your educational experience. To do this, you will create artifacts that display collections of individual pieces of work and include some reflection that ties these pieces together and explains the role they play in your education.
Create Portfolio Pages - Finally, you will create portfolio pages that can be shared with others—your advisor, instructors, parents, and, perhaps most importantly, your future employers or those who will make decisions about your acceptance to professional or graduate schools.
A Long-Term Project
Building your eBriefcase is a long-term project. You will collect files throughout your time at WCU. Some of these files will be mandated by coursework and some will be items that you choose as most representative of your best work or favorite experiences. Remember, there are lots of resources at hand to help you with the big ideas and the small details of your eBriefcase project.
eBriefcase Implementation Strategy
In the Fall of 2011, students enrolled in English 101 classes will be introduced to the eB and will begin to upload files and create artifacts based on their writing assignments. Studens who were inroduced to the eB in English 101 during the 2010-11 year will continue to use eB in English 202, and will upload any work from other classes that they wish to preserve for use in their portfolios. In addition, several departments and programs will begin to use eB in their classes and their students will begin to incorporate work product from all aspects of activities in their major. These new adopters include Therapeutic Recreation, Parks and Recreation Management, Environmental Health, Anthropology and Sociology, Emergency and Disaster Management, the Master of School Administration and Certificate in Public School Leadership program, and students in the Grant Writing in Health Sciences graduate class.