Guidelines for Design

Who am I designing for?
You are required to include the artifacts described above; all other concerns related to design, layout, template, etc. are up to you. However, we strongly urge you to think about audience and purpose.

For the first three years of the program, your audience is yourself, your peers, your faculty, and the larger PLU community who are interested in the work you are doing in your classes. After the 1 credit e-portfolio course, your audience becomes readers in the outside world who might want to hire you or give you an internship. These two audiences are distinct and have different expectations related to tone, style, and content. Be sure to carefully consider what you add to the portfolio and how you explain it in the larger narrative of your learning and/or professional development.

In designing the portfolio, ensure that the required elements (the FYEP and SYEP work, the reflective essay, the outcome artifacts) are all clearly identifiable to anyone visiting your site. You don’t want people to spend any extra time searching.

What design elements are expected?
In terms of navigation, you’ll need a few key pieces in order for your website to be easy to read. You get to design these, according to your tastes and interests, but they need to be present for your e-portfolio to be successful. They include:

A Landing Page; the first thing a visitor sees when they visit your e-portfolio. This should, at the very least, include your name, university affiliation, and a statement about the e-portfolio itself (i.e., tell the reader what they are looking at!). You might also include a photo (or several) and a biography.

A Menu/Navigation System; WordPress templates are designed to make menus easy to create. Your menu should demonstrate all the pages and subpages in the site. We recommend that you create a “sitemap” to help you plan the arrangement of pages on your site. See the images (below) for a sample sitemap. You can follow the menu-making guide included in this guide book for technical support. Just remember that your readers needs to be able to follow a few key features of your e-portfolio:

  1. The Required Artifacts (published in years 1 and 2)
  2. The Outcome Artifacts (published in years 1 through 3)
  3. The Reflection Essay (published in year 3)

Contact the WordPress Mentoring team--cornerstones@plu.edu--if  you have any problems creating your menu/navigation plans (they can be tricky!).