What is this Site?

This site exhibits a template for students portfolio sites in Writing 2-3 with Nick Van Kley. The overall site structure models the site structure that enrolled students’ sites should follow as they build content. Students are encouraged to customize their sites, provided they meet the guidelines articulated on each page throughout this template.

Read further and visit site pages for directions for students.

What is a Portfolio?

Throughout both terms of the Writing 2-3 course, you will collect and curate your work in a digital portfolio—in this case, a WordPress website that will belong to you, individually, and that you will keep after you leave Writing 2-3. You will use this portfolio to store artifacts from your learning experience, a place where you can reflect on that experience, and a place where you can create a story about yourself as a writer, researcher, and student. It will be a constant in the course across both terms, and you may choose to keep updating it as you progress at Dartmouth. Additionally, you can easily transition the site onto your own WordPress.com account once you leave campus.

Practically speaking, this means you will upload versions of your assignments to your website, write content that explains your writing process, create posts highlighting the writing strategies or knowledge you are employing in the class, and build a public profile (you can choose to keep it private) that makes an argument about your abilities as a writer and researcher.

This portfolio project partly serves to give you a convenient and dynamic place to start building an account of yourself as a student–we know that employers and grad schools want to see more dynamic expressions of the abilities that Dartmouth students and grads possess. But it’s also about helping you develop as a writer, researcher, and thinker. It’s not easy to adapt to new communication environments. Even expert writers can struggle when they have to write in a subject or genre that’s unfamiliar. Engaging in self-conscious reflection about your emerging knowledge and abilities will make them more visible to you, more accessible later on as you adapt to new courses and professional contexts.

What Goes in this Page of Your Site?

This is your home page. You should craft it to introduce yourself as a student, a developing scholar, a thinker, writer, and speaker. While you are not required to make this site public, you should build this portfolio of the site with a public audience in mind. What are you interests and abilities? What are you focused on as a student? How are you growing or challenging yourself?

The content can be prose, video, audio, art, or anything else you think is appropriate.