Welcome to your Global Learning Medallion ePortfolio guide. We will walk you through everything you need to know in order to complete the final step of your Medallion experience!
When is my ePortfolio due?
The ePortfolio is due the semester of your graduation from the university.
A specific due date will be announced at the beginning of each semester.
You should start your ePortfolio immediately so that you can deposit your thoughts, feelings, photos, videos, and papers as you go.
What is the point of the ePortfolio?
Your Medallion ePortfolio helps you reflect on your experiences so that you may gain new understanding of your intercultural experiences by thinking deeply about how you grew because of them.
It is also an online home for your global knowledge, skills, and accomplishments, viewable by potential employers, graduate schools, and other networks. You can include the link on your resume or Linkedin, for example, if you choose.
What if I already need to do an online portfolio for another department – such as the Honors College – or I already have my own Web site or blog? Can it be on the same site?
Yes, it can be on the same site, however, all of our expectations and guidelines as described below cannot be compromised in the process.
Step 1: Choose your audience
Are you showing this to employers or family? The choice is yours.
We think it is a good idea to create a site that can be used for professional purposes in your career and/or graduate school recruitment and application process. If you do have that intention, everything that you add to the site and all that you write should be filtered through that lens. Always consider, “what would an employer want to see?”
This includes, but is not limited to, the “appropriateness” of content such as photos and the “professionalism” of informal or casual language. It also entails the overall format of the site and content. Let’s use study abroad as an example. While you may be tempted to write several pages of excited, emotional content about your study abroad experience, a more effective strategy for getting a message across to a potential employer is a more brief and targeted description of what employable skills you obtained on study abroad.
If you want to produce a site that’s for friends and family, or just one that is fun to put together to earn your Medallion…that’s fine too!
Step 2: Choose your platform
You may choose to use any free Web site builder for your ePortfolio. These platforms are highly customizable and provide many creative options to control the look and feel of your ePortfolio. Some popular choices are WordPress, Wix, and Weebly.
FIU is now providing all students with a free Portfolium account. Portfolium allows you to document all of your skills and accomplishments online in an easy-to-use standardized format. This platform does not allow for customization of the look and feel of your ePortfolio. You can access the FIU Portfolium portal here.
If you do choose a builder that allows for control of your design, your site should have headers for each section. Consider these examples:
Step 3: Document Your Experience
The following items should be found on your Web site once it is turned in for review.
•Photos and descriptions of all 5-point experiences. These usually include things like club leadership, service trips, and volunteering.
•Discussion of select, significant 1-point experiences. You may have gone to Tuesday Times Roundtables, film screenings, and things of that nature. It would be mundane to include all of them, but highlighting one to three events that made a significant impact on you provides a well-rounded look at your Medallion experience and shows your commitment to learning outside of the classroom.
•Global Learning courses are also an important part of your Medallion experience. It should be clear to the read of your site that you took some of these. Again, the focus here is courses and assignments that had a real impact on your learning. Uploaded samples of work, such as research papers and PowerPoint presentations, which are high quality representative of your learning in GL courses. Or, tell a story about something you learned in a class which shaped your perspective on the world.
•Most importantly, your Capstone experience should be significantly profiled on your site. Be as detailed as possible and upload as many artifacts, including photos, work products, videos, and commentary as possible on your research project, internship, study abroad, or language study.
Step 4: Reflect on Your Experience
Your Medallion Reflection is an opportunity to make meaning of your experiences. You must have a separate, standalone Reflection page. Address each of the following three prompts:
• Discuss changes in your global awareness, perspective, and engagement (these are defined at the end of this section) as a result of overall participation with global learning at FIU. Here is what these mean:
- Global Perspective: The ability to take others’ points of view and assumptions into consideration when making a decision.
- Global Awareness: Understanding not just what is going on in the world, but how it is all interconnected. Issues do not exist in a vacuum; they affect one another.
- Global Engagement: Willingness to engage in local, global, international, and intercultural problem solving.
• Detail your plans to act as a global citizen post-graduation in your personal, academic, and/or professional life.
• Name specific skills you gained or improved. Here are some of the skills that you learn when you are involved with leadership at FIU. Do you feel highly competent in one or more? Explain how in your reflection. Click the link to be taken to the Division of Student Affairs Web site to learn more about these competencies.
VERY IMPORTANT: Your reflection should be specific and integrate the various Medallion experiences that were presented on the other pages. For a great example, click here.
You should also read the International Experience Workbook (CLICK HERE – PDF), a resource developed by a leading study abroad association, for an even more detailed list of skills that are often developed after having experienced international learning. Talk about some of the skills from this document, as well.
Step 5: Market yourself
• Include resume, formatted for Web. Your resume can make or break opportunities, so it should be flawless. Please review our resume advice here.
• Include contact information. WE RECOMMEND USING A WEB FORM WHERE INDIVIDUALS CAN CONTACT YOU WITHOUT YOUR ACTUAL CONTACT INFORMATION BEING POSTED. You can choose to post a phone number, but before you do, consider not only the privacy implications but that you might sound caught off guarded when answering an unsolicited phone call.
• Be descriptive of self, including interests, passions, marketable skills, and any experiences not directly related to the Global Learning Medallion.
Step 6: Review these important considerations
Make sure you correctly name your degree. Most FIU students get this wrong!
- The name of your degree usually consists of this formula: [Level of Degree] of [Arts/Sciences/etc.] in [Major]. Consider these examples
- Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
- Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management
- Master of Arts in English
- Almost all FIU degrees are a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science, with a few exceptions such as Bachelor of Business Administration. If you are not sure of the formal name of your degree, consult your academic department’s Web site or FIU Catalog.
- Bachelor and Master are singular when naming the whole degree “Bachelor of Arts” but possessive when using the short form “Bachelor’s degree.” I find using the longform more classy on your resume.
Also, did you type “I am about to graduate with my Bachelor’s degree?” Don’t forget in a few short weeks to update it to “I recently graduated with my Bachelor’s degree…” If you want to go ahead and do it now so it doesn’t fall out of date, that’s okay.
Finally, active voice both puts you at the center of the story and gets more directly to the point. Go over the prose narrative you have included throughout your ePortfolio to identify unnecessary use of passive voice that can be edited. Learn more about using active voice at https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/owlprint/539/
The link below contains ePortfolios of all previous Medallion graduates.