The following elements of the e-portfolio are presented in a sequence corresponds to our learning model. You are of course welcome to “mix it up” to your preference, but we strongly advise you follow the first to steps: 1) to establish groundrules which set students’ expectations for the coming semester and define with word “culture” for the class.
It is extremely helpful to establish what the definition of “culture” will be in the class before starting the cross-cultural learning activities. We recommend defining it together in class on the first day in brain-storm fashion before providing students with the academic definition you will be working with. You are welcome to start with our word cloud brainstorm activity and the definition we used, located here. We also recommend taking time out to discuss what culture is with this presentation, “What is Culture?”
Skill and Resume Elements:
The e-portfolio should result in a co-curricular transcript or list of competencies. A record of learning and achievement is kept in a private area then shared publically when a milestone is achieved or a significant reflection is recorded. Content could include: strong papers, reflections on learning and fieldwork, creative outputs, curated collections, badges (Buckeye Badges), and any other artifact or evidence of learning or achievement.
Resume items: academic writing experience, publishing experience, image research and curation experience, cross-cultural communication experience; teamwork experience; project management experience.
Related skills demanded on the job market: analytical skills, written communication skills, cross-cultural skills and intercultural awareness, web content creation, teamwork, project management