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Writing ePortfolio Showcase

ePortfolios are repositories of information about an individual, stored in an electronic format.  The Program in Writing and Rhetoric has long been in the forefront of portfolio use to gather information about student writers and showcase their best work, but only in the last few years have ePortfolios opened a new venue for the expression and presentation of writing as well as multimodal composition.  A university-wide initiative, the Stony Brook ePortfolio project has received national and international attention from bodies such as the Making Connections project and AAEEBL.  This page highlights several of our favorite ePortfolios created by students in our Writing and Rhetoric courses.  These portfolios featured pleasing and creative design as well as excellent written work.  The best portfolios also present a student's goals, work and interests outside of the writing classroom.  If you have a Writing and Rhetoric student whose ePortfolio you would like to see featured here, please contact us with a brief explanation of what makes this ePortfolio special. 

On this page, we are pleased and proud to present the winners of our first ePortfolio contests for the Legacy Award (2010 to the present) and WRT 102 (2013-2014). Below the links they explain, in their own words, what makes their portfolios stand out.

 michelle jiang eportfolio  Linda Milano eportfolio  Ammarah Zaidi eportfolio


Michelle Jiang (first place, Legacy)

I wanted a layout that fully illustrates who I am as an individual, and I succeeded that by designing my eportfolio to have a gentle and calm color palate. Also, by keeping the layout simple I allow my audience to focus more on my writing pieces than being distracted by my layout. With each writing piece I supplement the text with an image that correlates to what the main theme of that paper would be. In addition, for my writings that contain illustrations, I purposefully have a gallery directly on my eportfolio so that the readers have an easier access referencing between my writing and the correlated photos.

Linda Milano (second place, Legacy)


I have designed my ePortfolio in such a way that is appealing to audience members who may not be familiar with the details of a course or the writing program in general. To do this, I have categorized my courses and assignments with labels that provide a brief description of the course, as opposed to the course code. I have also incorporated images and video throughout my ePortfolio to break up the text and make my ePortfolio visually appealing to the viewer. My overall goal with this was to make my ePortfolio easy to read and navigate through for someone who may not be familiar with the system and/or my coursework.

Ammarah Zaidi (third place, Legacy)


I've worked very hard to make sure my portfolio stands out. With article-like passages in ESG 201 section, to my own stories written during summer, this e-portfolio not only stands out in an artistic sense but also an educational one.


 Wendy Zheng eportfolio  Andrew Sullivan eportfolio Meiling Li eportfolio

Wendy Zheng (first place, WRT 102)



The design and format of my ePortfolio reveals not only who I am as a writer but foreshadows what the reader will experience as they explore its contents. Furthermore, the layout of the pages are clear and easy to follow.


Andrew Sullivan (second place, WRT 102)


I have personalized my ePortfolio to reflect my design choices: the blue and red color scheme are my two favorite colors and I find that it makes it stand out much more than the typical scheme. Additionally, the banner at the top makes the viewer aware of my goals for the future, which I elaborate on throughout various sections of my portfolio.

Meiling Li (third place, WRT 102)


Since portfolio readers will be looking at the content on the computer, I used colors that are neither dull or blinding. The background gives off a bright, sunny feeling, but it's not too bright as to give the readers a headache while looking through the pages. I used the default font in a legible size for an easy read.

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Check out the campus-wide Stony Brook ePortfolio Spotlight here.



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