We provide e-Portfolio support in several ways:
All matriculated MBA students are required to develop and maintain an electronic portfolio. An ePortfolio is a digital repository of a student’s work that relates to the overall learning goals of the MBA program. That information can be used in two ways:
- Students can track their own progress for these learning goals, across classes, as they move through the program. At graduation, the student has a collection of work to help prepare for interviews or even share at a job interview as an exemplary work sample. Since the ePortfolio belongs to the student, it is the student's to keep or delete after graduation.
- At the end of a student’s MBA program, as a requirement for graduation, student work—called artifacts—need to be posted for each learning goal.
Note, the e-Portfolio is the property of the student, but students are required to provide selected faculty access to their e-Portfolio during their time in the MBA program.
The software is free to use and you will have your e-Portfolio to take with you after you complete your MBA.
What is an e-Portfolio?
An e-Portfolio is a collection of authentic and diverse evidence (artifacts), chosen from all the work done in your MBA program and maintained digitally. The artifacts are stored in your library, and you choose those you think best reflect your learning relative to specific goals.
All MBA students are required to develop and maintain an electronic portfolio. The e-Portfolio is the property of the student, but students are required to provide selected faculty access to their e-Portfolio during their time in the MBA program.
What are the MBA learning goals?
In addition to the content specific to the core courses and your concentration, there are several other learning goals in the overall MBA curriculum which are implemented across the core courses. Not every core course has every one of these overall goals, but by the time you have finished the core classes you should have seen all the learning goals covered.
Read more about the MBA learning goals.
A last piece to your e-Portfolio is an Integrative Essay, a review of your learning adventure as an MBA. A typical template for the integrative essay is:
- Paragraph #1: What were your professional and learning goals for your MBA when you started?
- 1-2 pages: Describe the parts of your MBA program experience that you found most beneficial as well as not up to your expectations. This typically involves highlights, and perhaps some lowlights, related to individual courses that you took as an MBA student
- Last Paragraph: What are your professional and learning goals going forward?
Okay, let's get down to the details.
There are only a few, simple steps to the e-Portfolio:
- Load artifacts (e.g., your work from class assignments) into your library
- Choose artifacts from your library that relate to each of the MBA learning goal sections (e.g., ethics/social responsibility). Up to 2 per learning goal. One should be an individual piece of work. The other can be a group project or other group assignment.
- Link the chosen artifact to the appropriate learning goal
- At the end of your program, write an integrative essay to pull it all together.
Getting started with Pathbrite
To get started, go to the Pathbrite website:
- Step 1: Register with your UMASSD email
- Step 2: Identify related artifacts (e.g., assignments, projects, etc.) for each MBA learning goal described within Pathbrite.
- Step 3: Upload at least one, preferably two artifacts for each learning goals. At least one should be individual work. The second artifact can be group work, if you choose. Then, write a quick description for why you chose the artifacts you did—e.g., how do they relate to the learning goal.
- Step 4: Write an integrative essay.
Current graduation assistant of each semester is in charge with making announcements for and organizing e-Portfolio workshops. Should you have any question about e-Portfolio technicalities, you can contact them.
General questions regarding the Charlton College of Business e-Portfolio project, requirements, and ideas on what should or should not be included in the portfolio, etc. should be addressed to Professor Tim Shea (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Download the E-Portfolio - Pathbrite Manual 2017 October (PDF)