You will add to your V-Portfolio each time you are a participant in a program sponsored by one of the four Centers of Commitment: the Christensen Center for Vocation, Center for Global Education and Experience, Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship, and the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work. The V-Portfolio will facilitate your reflection on these experiences in order to help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself through the lenses of vocation, meaningful work, local citizenship, and global cultural competencies.
Stages of the V-Portfolio
There are four stages to the V-Portfolio process. Each stage includes reflections exercises that students will complete and then upload onto their Canvas Profile. Click on the title for any stage below to be taken to the detailed description and directions page.
Stage 1: Set-up & Orientation
In Stage One students will 1) set up your Canvas profile and 2) write your own definition of vocation. Students only need to complete this first stage the first time they use the V-Portfolio. If they use it again for another learning experience, they will not need to repeat Stage One.
The purpose of this stage is to help students orient to the platform for showcasing their reflections and to on their own understanding of vocation.
Stage 2: Introductory Reflection
In Stage Two students will be assigned an Introductory Reflection exercise by either the instructor, internship supervisor, or the faculty or staff person they are working with.
The purpose of this reflection is to create an opportunity for students to pause, wonder, reflect, and articulate on how they currently understand themselves in relation to the core values and purposes of the Center of Commitment hosting the learning experience.
For example, if a student is studying abroad through CGEE, then the Introductory Reflection will ask them to reflect on themselves through the lens of global cultural competencies.
Stage 3: Primary Reflections
In Stage Three students will be assigned a series of Primary Reflection Exercises (3-5) throughout the semester. These exercises are designed to help them reflect on how the current experience they are having is informing their understanding of themselves in relationship to the lenses and core values of the Centers of Commitment other than the one they are connected to this semester.
For example, if you are studying abroad through CGEE then your primary exercises will ask you to reflect on yourself through the lenses of vocation, local citizenship, and meaningful work which are central to the work of the other Centers of Commitment.
Stage 4: Summative Reflection
And finally, in Stage Four students will complete a summative reflection exercise designed to help them reflect on themselves and their experience through the specific lens and core values of the Center of Commitment they are working with.
For example, if you are studying abroad through CGEE, then your summative reflection will ask you to reflect on yourself and your experience through the lens of global cultural competencies.