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Below are resources that University Writing has developed to support students and instructors across the disciplines in their writing and writing instruction. We define writing broadly, so you will find resources on ePortfolios, visual design, professional communication, and presentations in addition to traditional writing tasks like reflective writing, literature reviews, peer review, and editing and proofing.

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Tagged Entries: Digital Ethics

Writing and Intellectual Property

Some writing projects ask you to re-use existing sources and media. The resources below will introduce common terms related to intellectual property in writing, such as copyright, fair use, and plagiarism.  

 

Materials designed by Christopher Basgier, Tony Carter, and Amy Cicchino

 

This handout introduces you to copyright, fair use, and licensing. Specifically, it explains how re-use affects you, defines key terms, responds to commonly held assumptions about copyright, answers questions, provides you with additional resources, and offers   scenarios so you can apply your knowledge 

This worksheet includes three scenarios you can use to apply your knowledge of copyright and fair use. Then, sample responses can offer potential solutions you might not have considered. Use this to self-assess your knowledge or in a classroom activity 

This handout introduces the idea of plagiarism and its various types. Further, it recommends strategies to faculty on how plagiarism can be avoided by using techniques such as timely peer review, feedback, and effective paraphrasing 

This activity asks you to consider whether or not something is plagiarized 

ePortfolios: Ethical Practices

When creating and designing your ePortfolio, you will want to respect the safety, privacy, and creative works of others. In addition to these resources, we encourage you to also visit AAEEBL’s Digital Ethics Principles for ePortfolios, which University Writing was active in creating.  

 

Materials designed by Toni Carter, Amy Cicchino, and Heather Stuart 

 

This handout walked ePortfolio creators through considerations for legal and ethical ePortfolio practices. 

This handout introduces you to concepts like copyright and fair use. Because ePortfolios can include existing media, ePortfolio creators are at risk for copyright violation. The handout includes key terms, frequently asked questions, and some scenarios to help you apply your growing knowledge of copyright and fair use. 

This checklist helps you evaluate the accessibility of your ePortfolio site by reviewing your content and digital design.

ePortfolios: Platforms and Technology

You need a space to host and build your ePortfolio site. These resources will help you consider what questions you should ask as you are assessing different platforms regarding content, privacy, and accessibility. Then, you can learn about the benefits and drawbacks of three popular ePortfolio building platforms: Wix, Weebly, and WordPress.  

 

Materials designed by Lucas Adelino, Heather Stuart, and Parker Wade. 

 

This brief handout gives tips on helping ePortfolio creators share, protect, or enhance the privacy of their ePortfolio 

This handout compares three popular ePortfolio platforms—Weebly, Wix, and WordPress—to discuss differences in ease of use, customization, storage, support, and settings 

If you’ve chosen Weebly as your ePortfolio platform, this handout can help you get started! 

If you’ve chosen Wix as your ePortfolio platform, this handout can help you get started! 

If you’ve chosen WordPress as your ePortfolio platform, this handout can help you get started!  

As you begin using your ePortfolio platform, try working through this list of tasks to learn about your website builder 

This handout introduces ePortfolio creators to introductory concepts of accessibility like navigation, use of heading styles, color choice, alternative text, link embedding, and captions. If you would like to learn more advanced strategies for accessible design, please see our entry on Accessibility and Writing

ePortfolios: What is an ePortfolio

An ePortfolio is a personal website that communicates one’s professional identity and experiences to a public audience, such as employers, graduate schools, or review committees. The resources below will help you learn about ePortfolios and introduce you to the process of developing an ePortfolio.   

 

Materials designed by Amy Cicchino and Heather Stuart

 

Learn about ePortfolios: 

View this short Introduction to ePortfolios Video  

View this longer Introduction to ePortfolios Video  

This handout will introduce you to ePortfolios 

This handout answers Frequently Asked Questions about ePortfolios  

Use this quiz and analysis activity to help your students test and apply their growing knowledge of ePortfolios 

Tour of Example Student ePortfolio with Anna    

You can see more examples of ePortfolios by visiting our ePortfolio gallery