Assessing Digital Portfolio

I believe there are many important aspects to assessing our class’ digital portfolio’s.  These digital portfolios can be utilized as future tools when applying for jobs or presenting past achievements and accomplishments.  That being said, an effective portfolio should:

Be multidimensional, by reflecting a wide array of processes that show various aspects of personal views, learnings, and original design.  This can be done through a use multimodalitites.

There should be an organization of works over a specific period of time that is clearly understandable, consistent, and navigable.

The portfolio should be clean and clear while displaying a specific theme and original consistent design.  It gives the viewer a clear sense of who the designer is, what they do, their interests, and their goal in presenting the portfolio.



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Workplace Literacies Assessment

Workplace Literacies Paper: Working Rubric


Larger Structure

–          Clear introduction, conclusion and body paragraphs

  • An effective introduction, but a bit vague, could use more personal introduction to workplace

–          Organized well overall and includes transitional sentences/statements

  • Strong organization, flow, and transitions, need to introduce quotes better

–          Thesis statement – has a clear main point

  • Clear about industry, but needs more specific workplace details

–          Clearly spell out what role literacy plays on how the workplace is run

  • Very strong focus on literacy in the workplace

–          Connect into what we’ve studied throughout the semester

  • Connects with learning styles and previous literacy narratives

–          Personal definition of literacy

  • Not specifically, but is understood throughout the paper

–          Personal voice the main voice, not dependent upon outside sources

  • Writing seems very detached, needs more personal voice and opinion

–          At least 2 outside sources

  • Yes

–          Sources should be properly introduced, particularly in relation to thesis

  • Sources need better introduction

–          At least 5-7 pages – but more specifically, enough research to back up your thesis

  • Sufficient length

–          Minimal errors in grammar and spelling

  • Minimal errors



–          Background of your workplace

  • Strong background and history

–          A really nice description (diagrams/pictures/graphs/thick description) to help the reader visualize the workplace setting

  • Needs more MVHfH workplace description rather than just the industry

–          Refer back to the company and how and why it relates to you (positioning)

  • Introduce co-op position

–          If there’s workplace lingo or jargon explain it so that readers can understand

  • Touches base with the idea of workplace jargon and abbreviations


Observation/Interview (Methods?)

–          Explains how information was collected

  • Can be elaborated in introduction of quotes, introduce interview and analysis

–          Must have info on observation – description of place, documents

  • Is evident, but not explained clearly

–          Background on individual(s) interviewed and how it applies

  • Introduce Dan and his BGSU/English background, strong connection

–          Direct quotes from individual you interviewed (questions and answers)

  • Needs more

–          Incorporates important aspects of research material – source material should be directly related to whatever the author is talking about, should support analysis and thesis

  • Strong connection to thesis and workplace analysis

–          Includes writer viewpoint on certain quotes so to synthesize ideas

  • Again, needs more personal writer viewpoint and specific workplace detail

–          Interview and observation should be the sole resource of the paper because it came directly from the source (the workplace and the interviewee). The secondary sources only provide support of whatever information was presented in the interview, observations etc.

  • Need to focus more on interview and observation/analysis in specific workplace


I would give myself a grade somewhere in a B- or C+ range due to strong history and analysis.  The paper is written very well in terms of organization, layout, and flow, but the paper is written in a narrative and distant tone.  It needs to be more personalized and incorporate more of my views and opinions about my specific workplace and analysis.




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Evaluating Digital Scholarship

After compiling a mental working list of successful digital portfolio criteria over the semester, I have stumbled across a few web references that contain criteria for successful digital and multimodal scholarship.  Some of the unanimously important factors when creating a digital portfolio include accessibility, navigation, layout, integration, aestheitcs, and design. is a great resource that easily defines the outline and structure of a successful web portal with the use of multimodalitites.  It highlights the important aspects and then elaborates on each subject. takes a bit of an opposite approach than the previously listed  This website cites specific examples of some of the worst websites over the past decade in order to show users what NOT to do and how web design can be detrimental to a portfolio project. explains a judging and scoring system when creating a new website.  I find this to be a helpful tool when creating our own online digital portfolios.  We can use some of this criteria to create a class or personal rubric to judge and score our own online digital portfolios.

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Homepage Description

Instead of incorporating a traditional horizontal or vertical menu into my final literacy narrative home page, I wish to use easily understood picture links.  Each picture will creatively signify a different step or area in the process of the digital portfolio and be of a lesser opacity.  Upon rolling over each image, the picture will increase in contrast and brighten.  Depending on the number of links needed, I will research on how to make a scrolling page without incorporating a scroll bar, but more simply scrolling by mouse placement.  The home page will be simple and easily understood, yet creative at the same time.

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Class/Self Assessment 2

In class so far I have done well to complete assignments on time and stay on top of blog posts.  I find the blog posts very helpful as a great aid of incorporating ideas learned in class into our own personal thoughts and views.  The blog posts and free writing assignments are also great segues and transitions between information presented in class.  This semester has definitely opened my eyes to the importance of literacy and how its surrounds us in everyday life in ways I never thought of before.  I could do more to incorporate these ideas into my other classes and learnings as they will be a helpful asset to other studies and projects.  I have already made many connections between this class and my Technologies in Society class and envision many opportunities in the future with architecture presentations.

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Web Style Guide Chapters 4-6

Earlier in the semester I spoke of the interactive website as a great modern example of an effective and successful website.  Upon reviewing the Web Style Guide and Modlife, I noticed that earlier in the semester I was praising for it’s successful integration of multimodalities.  The Web Style guide speaks of important aspects to integrate into website design such as organization, consistency, and a sense of hierarchy.

A new website that I believe to be of substantial design is  With Apple rising as one of today’s most noteworthy and recognized companies, their website has been professionally designed to incorporate ease in understanding of their innovative and technological ideas and advances.  The Web Style Guide explains that a website must effectively communicate the main idea and focus of a website in a language and literacy that is easily understood by everyone.  Upon visiting and exploring, one will notice a sense of design repetition and consistency that makes navigation simple.  Most of their ideas fit on one page and are not cluttered with advertisement, spam, and sporadic ideas.  Navigation steps are minimized and the who, what, when, and where of the company are clearly defined.  Apple works hard to design their products and ideas with the idea of consumer ease and effectiveness in mind, and this hard work is clearly shown in a simple, yet highly effective web site design.

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Workplace Literacy Paper Freewrite

Within the workplace literacies paper, my main goal was to stress the importance of proper communication in the building industry.  Understanding common literacies in a market where mistakes are very detrimental to stability is very crucial to success.  I am also very interested in the idea of technological advance and changes.  I attempted to incorporate and introduce this idea to readers who do not commonly think of technological innovation and it’s role in specific industries.

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