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Major Portfolios

You should decide early in the academic year if you would like to create a portfolio, both to work on it at a steady pace and to be among the most outstanding portfolios chosen for the “end of year” awards of $200.


An early start is also valuable since those participating will have an opportunity to receive some overview/training on various web options for creating a portfolio.

In contemplating this decision, it will help to look at some examples of what students have done at other colleges and universities with the portfolio concept.  Note that most of these examples depict “program or major portfolios”, and thus are both more elaborate, longitudinal across years of the undergraduate experience, and comprehensive in coverage of multiple classes, internships, and experiences.

An application is provided at the bottom of this page.

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
Major/Cumulative Examples Description

St. Olaf College, Center for Integrative Studies

Specific Student Example:


This exhibits a profile for a student’s major through multiple years and experiences at St. Olaf.

Good description of what your portfolio can do for you in the future

Another example of a students portfolio for an entire major

A good example of what a CC portfolio website might contain in the future

Scope of Contents

There are many theories, ideas and observations contained in each course comprising your major.  In some way meaningful to you, these “threads” of each course need to be organized and summarized in your reflective portfolio.  Thus, you might have as a centerpiece of your “home” page a table, diagram, drop-down menu, or tabs depicting each of the courses in your major, with the viewer’s ability to click on any such course and be taken to a sub-page on the particulars of that course. The use of Adobe Contribute’s templates (starter pages) will be very helpful with basic organization. Links within one course to key concepts in other courses will add value and demonstrate integrated learning and presentation. 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?  

Liz Kolbe (CC ’08 Environmental Science) is available to assist you throughout the portfolio process.  Though your technical questions will be better served at ETS and the Help Desk, Liz is available help students synthesize materials, edit text, review website functionality, and to discuss new ideas. She will hold blockly “food events” during which students can voice ideas/concerns/successes/troubles that she will relay to the EV faculty. Outside these meetings, Liz can be reached by email ( or phone (cell: 719-640-4917; office: 719-227-8145) to set up appointments, or stop by her office (3rd floor 1014 N. Weber. next to the Civic Engagement House).


Creation of a “learning portfolio” for your major requires that the final product be linked to your CC personal web site from the Environmental Science homepage.  Thus, there will be a link from your personal site to a sub-site that is the entire contents of your portfolio.  You also are required to grant permission for your major portfolio to be available to others at CC as an example of the portfolio concept.

The 10 most outstanding portfolios will be determined by EV Program faculty and staff during 8th block. There is not a rubric or grading scale. Sites that are well organized, show depth of thought, continual dedication, and creativity will be rewarded. Your site should be well-organized, contain insightful and creative content, easy to use, and visually appealing.

Application (electronic copies preferred)

Environmental Program Reflective Learning Portfolio

Name: __________________________

Class:   FY  SO   JR    SR

Declared EV / EV Policy Major:    Y       N      

Academic Advisor: _________________

Portfolio Advisor: name: _______________    signature: __________________________
Your portfolio advisor can be any faculty member associated with the Environmental Program. This person, like your academic advisor, can help you generate content ideas.

Why do you want to create an academic portfolio?







What makes you a strong candidate for this program?





Return Applications to
Prof. Walt Hecox
Tutt Science Room 130C