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Why ePortfolio at USP?
The University Scholars Programme (USP) provides an interdisciplinary and integrative education that strengthens and enhances the education you receive in your home faculty. Although all students take USP’s core modules, each creates her own pathway from an intensive and rigorous multidisciplinary curriculum, a rich array of international programmes, and a vibrant student life. Throughout your time at USP, you will have taken modules, encountered theories, produced numerous articles of work, engaged with many people and have had other experiences that have contributed to your learning in important ways.
The ePortfolio allows you to investigate how USP has shaped your individualized learning by giving you a framework to organize and synthesize all of these experiences. It is a web-based collection of reflective writing wherein you intentionally make connections across your four-year education in order to distill what you have learnt and why and how what you have learnt matters to you. It is an opportunity for you to identify and articulate your intellectual and professional commitments as they have been shaped by your undergraduate experiences. The ePortfolio, in other words, provides a space for you to augment your undergraduate education and further translate that education in relation to your continually developing sense of self, values, and goals. By so doing, it provides you with a roadmap with which to navigate your post-university life.
You will produce an ePortfolio as part of USP’s senior seminar module, USR4002a Intellectual Responsibility in a Complex World. Structured by a central question or theme of your choosing, you will reflect on your undergraduate education by making connections across key moments of learning. Such moments might be, for example, an introduction to a theory that has informed much of your academic inquiry, an outside-of-classroom experience that materialized for you an ethical dilemma, a failed lab experiment that taught you something about the complexities and contingencies of knowledge-production, or a disciplinary methodology that inspired a personal project. These reflections will be grounded in an analysis of evidences—what we refer to as ‘artifacts’—related to these moments. Artifacts include excerpts from work produced both inside and outside the classroom, notes, personal communication, videos, audio recordings, excerpts from academic and non-academic sources, and so on. While you are encouraged to draw from any aspect of your undergraduate experience, you are required to have at least one reflection that focuses on your USP-specific learning.
You will be provided with a blog.nus account—which uses a WordPress platform—at the beginning of the module. As the semester proceeds, we will guide you along the process of producing your ePortfolio. In the meantime, we encourage you to explore this site for more information. “What is Reflection?” and the “ePortfolio Showcase” should be of particular interest.