Reflective writing is the most significant element of your ePortfolio. It allows you to give your audience context for an artifact. Reflective writing often makes connections between experiences, explains the importance of artifacts, and includes your future plans or goals.
If you are not sure where to begin, you could simply write down your thoughts and ideas. Like other writing projects, you will need to draft multiple versions of your reflective writing in order to create the final text for your ePortfolio. You can always revise your work later.
The Reflective Writing handout will help you identify topics you could discuss in your reflective writing. When you are ready to begin writing, use the Write a Reflection worksheet to write about an artifact in a way that shows its meaning and significance. Remember to provide your audience with a brief summary and a meaningful reflection on the artifact. This example ePortfolio, created by Jamie McClintock, includes compelling and dynamic reflective writing.
As you create your ePortfolio, you may want to represent others in your reflective writing. Visit the ethical literacy page to learn more about representing others in a way that honors their safety, privacy, and personal preferences.
Consultants at the Miller Writing Center are trained to work with ePortfolios. If you would like someone to help you with brainstorming, writing, revising, or anything in between, visit the Miller Writing Center webpage to make an appointment.