Upon approval of the student’s declaration proposal, they will initiate an ePortfolio to represent the intellectual, personal, social, and civic development they experience throughout the student’s participation in the program. One objective of the ePortfolio is to encourage students to take ownership over their own education and to engage in the process of self-authorship.

Each ePortfolio will include, at a minimum, the following components:

  • The student’s original essay declaring their intent to and pathway for completing the certificate.
  • Products from the gateway course project.
  • At least one product from each elective and each experience.
  • Products from the capstone course project.
  • An overarching reflective essay that integrates course materials and field experiences.

Students will have multiple opportunities throughout the certificate program to refine their ePortfolio, to critically reflect on its contents as well as its form and to determine how best to make the ePortfolio public facing. In order to receive the certificate, the ePortfolio must meet an overall standard for quality and demonstrate at least satisfactory engagement with three of the Certificate’s four learning objectives.

Orin Pilkey leads his class from the Duke University NIcholas School of the Environment Marine Lab around Shackleford Banks near Beaufort, N.C. on Saturday January 21, 2006.