Background

Electronic portfolios have been used in higher education environments for several years, and a portfolio program around the concept of vocation was an idea born out of the general education redesign process in 2018. Professor Martha Stortz was asked by the design committee to produce a white paper on the idea, which was a starting place for this initiative.

In May 2019 we received a grant from the Council of Independent Colleges’ Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) which provided financial resources for a two year pilot. We proposed a student-curated electronic portfolio in which curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular experiences would be reflected on and documented around the question of vocation. The vocation portfolio (vPortfolio) will be a modern, flexible tool that provides focus and coherence to vocational discernment processes for our students, and will refocus Augsburg’s institutional emphasis on vocation. This effort will place vocation at the dynamic interface between three stories: the story of self, the story of us, and the story of now.

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