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Ithaca College is weird, everyone who goes here knows that. So, it is no surprise that the college requires students to have a completed portfolio consisting of “artifacts” from every course by the time they graduate. Though it may seem pointless because many colleges do not do this, here are some tips to just get it over with and take some weight off your shoulders.

1.Determine what you need to do.

The easiest way to find out what exactly is expected of you when it comes to your ePortfolio is to look on the IC website. It gives you a detailed account of what you need to do, when you need to do it by, and why you even have to complete a portfolio. You can also find where to access your portfolio on taskstream.

 

2. Don’t wait until the last minute.

After looking on the website, you will discover that you need to complete your portfolio in order to graduate. So, it would not be a good idea to upload all of your artifacts your senior year because not only will you most likely forget what you did freshman year, but your progress will also be monitored by your advisor. They need time to review your portfolio and make sure it is completely finished, so they even recommend submitting it months prior to graduation.

3. Take advantage of in-class time.

Your seminar common hour will likely give you time to complete an artifact for your portfolio for that class, so take advantage and try not to waste your time procrastinating during that hour. It’s enough time to upload at least two if you work diligently, which is something that will put you one step closer to completing your entire portfolio.

 

4. Talk to your advisor.

After looking on the website and talking to friends, if you are completely lost on what to do for your portfolio then make an appointment with your advisor. They will most definitely help you with whatever you are struggling with and you will leave that appointment feeling much better about what you are expected to do.

 

5. Work with friends.

Completing your portfolio can be tedious, and often you will find that procrastinating is more enjoyable than completing something that is technically due in four years. In order to avoid a situation like this, set up a time to meet with friends so you can get it done with the comfort that you are all suffering through this exasperating task. Take time especially over winter break to get some artifacts uploaded because your workload will probably be minimal during that time.

 

Clearly, completing your ePortfolio is not going to be the most exciting thing you do in college, but at least it is simple to complete and requires little stress on the mind. If you just follow these steps and get it over with then you are one step closer to completing all your graduation requirements, and you will never have to complete an ePortfolio again!


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Natalia Senanayake


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