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SLU Digital Portfolios

Resource Packet 2020-2021


Your portfolio should contain both dynamic and static content “shells” that allow you to structure and design a portfolio that serves the purpose of showcasing your professional and academic work while using it as a space for your learning and professional development. Think of these “shells” as the structure of your digital portfolio that will help you organize different content information.

Remember, one of our goals is to make digital portfolios a space where you deepen your understanding of your course material and explore and develop your research interests both inside and outside the classroom. You can use your digital portfolio as a space to reflect on your activism, your work with social justice initiatives, and your leadership as Diversity Scholars. 

Static content shells

 will help you organize information that you expect to live in your portfolio almost permanently. This does not mean you do not make updates. Your static shells can help you organize information that helps introduce yourself to your readers: a brief biography, contact information, and professional and/or academic history. 

Dynamic content shells

 will help you organize information on your portfolio that you will be uploading, ideally regularly and over longer periods of time. In the long run, these dynamic content shells allow you to document the development, evolution, or progression of your thinking and your work. Dynamic content shells could act as self-reflective spaces. 


Three Content Areas

About Me (static)

  • Three paragraph biography
  • Contact information
  • Photos

Resume (static)

  • Copy, paste, format
  • Or embed a PDF
  • Tailor to your ideal position

SLU Coursework (dynamic)

  • Course notes
  • Weekly reflections
  • Research process
  • Major assignments

Additional (dynamic and static)

  • Reflections on podcasts episodes, films, music, exhibitions, etc.
  • Reflections on political issues, webinairs, reports, legislations, court decisions, etc.
  • Employment/ educational history
  • Union Semester
  • Capstone Project
  • Activism/ volunteerism
  • Union leadership
  • Leadership roles
  • Religious Community
  • Qualifications, skills, scholarships

Modes of Reflection

Written reflection

A written entry is perhaps the most common form of reflection. Entries could be as long or as short as you wish. Most reflections are between 200-500 words, and provide an introduction of the issue at hand, an explanation or arguments that make this issue relevant to you, and a brief conclusion. 

Photography (+ writing)

Images are great ways to introduce reflections. You might choose to upload an image that reminds you of course material, take photos of your neighborhood observations, or a screenshot of a text passage. Remember, you must have permission to post images of people, or blur out their faces. 

Multimedia (+ writing)

Video/ audio reflections are a great way to add content to your page, especially if you feel very confident in front of a camera. Having a script — even bullet points — is helpful to keep your message on track, reduce unnecessary pauses or “umm” or “ahh”. Make sure to activate the necessary plugins.

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