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Course Portfolios

In creating your course portfolio, it will help to look at some examples of what students have done at Colorado College to develop their portfolio.

If you are developing a portfolio for the EV major, please see the instructions for majors.

Course Example Description

Here is a brief mock-up of a portfolio for sustainable development.  Obviously, your version would contain actual responses and observations, be much more thorough and include much more material

Scope of Contents

Links within one course to key concepts in other courses will add value and demonstrate integrated learning and presentation. The use of links within these summaries can take the viewer both to other parts of your web site and to outside sources for definitions, articles, and insight.  For example, explicit use of the “tragedy of the commons” phrase, defined by you, can then be linked to other parts of your material where the concept of “external costs” is used, and to the actual Garrett Hardin article from which the concept arouse.  Many other links (to internal parts of your web site and external sites, documents, discussion) will enrich your learning and demonstrate the reflection you have invested in the course materials.

Your portfolio web site might also include:

  • a link to your resume
  • a link to a list of the courses embedded in your major/program (so the web site visitor can see where within the fulfillment of your undergraduate studies this course falls)
  • links to some key articles and/or web sites in each course you consider “formative” in your learning and reflection for your major (full text when available)
  • a periodic blog of informal thoughts/reflections on the material studied throughout the academic year, class experiences, and your evolving perceptions of the overall meaning of your evolving major
  • other materials you consider influential and are willing to include as “formative impacts” on your learning at CC.

Obtaining Assistance/Templates

You should spend an hour or two working with Adobe Contribute (a slimmed down version of Adobe Dreamweaver).  These links and more (such as the Easy Web Page Creator) are available at: (print for easy viewing – this will show you how to connect to your W: drive (where you will store your work) and how to access Contribute’s starter pages). These resources and some exploration of options should give you the basic tools and get you started.  In terms of assistance with Contribute, any of the ETS technical staff are experts and can help with Dreamweaver also. Adobe’s website has how-to’s and tutorial videos that will be very useful as you get started.
Troubleshooting and Help:
To obtain a copy the software, you can use the 30-day free trial (available in the CAT lab from Weston Taylor) for the class and then have the option to buy Contribute later if you want to use it for future classes/majors. Otherwise, both Contribute and Dreamweaver are available to students in some of the campus computer labs. For Contribute, these include:

  • Keck Lab (Armstrong 3rd Floor)
  • Cornerstone Labs
  • CAT Lab (Tutt Library)
  • Kitten Lab (Tutt Library)
  • PC’s downstairs Tutt Library
  • Barnes Lab 203
  • Palmer 2

(check with the Help Desk in the basement of Tutt Library for Dreamweaver locations).   Much of your learning about how you want to set up your web site will be trial and error.  Explore other web sites to determine how to best organize your site’s content – what will make the best sense to your reader?