Assignment #1: ePortfolio

Assignment #1: ePortfolio

Note to Professors

The sample for assignment uses assigned reading from Chapter #2: of the Open Stax Astronomy Textbook:

The assignment along with quizzes closely aligned with the learning outcomes is designed to motivate students to read the material before coming to class. Students will turn in ePortfolio assignments individually, but can go over their answers in small groups.

“Suitability for sharing” criteria is added to the rubric so that assignments that meet a competent standard can be used for collaborative and peer learning in future semesters.  Excellent assignments will be shared with students and educators in the OER commons.

Student Instructions

The Electronic Portfolio is a written record of your astronomy study and learning. Keeping this ePortfolio will help you learn astronomy and keeping a portfolio in any class will help you understand and remember the course material. It will also help you get a substantially higher grade in the course.

Your ePortfolio will consist of several parts, and will be organized in chapters similar to the chapters in the book. You may use any technology you wish to create your ePortfolio, but at the end of the day it needs to be either (1) in a format that I and Blackboard can understand (Blackboard reads Word, PowerPoint, and pdf files just fine, but has issues with less mainstream formats), or (2) Online (Blogger, WordPress, etc.).

If you are still “old school” or do not own a laptop or surface computer you may want to make you ePortfolio on paper in a 3 ring binder. You will still need to get the ePortfolio work to me as a hard copy or scan.

Spiral bound notebooks are not suitable as ASTR101 portfolio, because you cannot rearrange or move things around! Organization is very important!




  • Before you read each chapter, look at the big picture and survey the chapter. Spend about five or so minutes doing the following-
  • Read the “Thinking Ahead” section at the beginning of the chapter.
  • Make note of the section titles and learning out comes for each section.
  • Look at the captions for images and figures.
  • Read the chapter summary.
  • Ask yourself, “What do I know about this subject?”
  • Create 2-3 questions you have about the chapter and write them down.



  • Turn each of the learning outcomes at the beginning of each chapter section into questions and write them down.
  • As you read each section, write down the answers to the question and take notes from the text, but write the information in your own words.
  • Look for answers to the questions you created too!


  • Submit your Chapter 2 Electronic Portfolio via Blackboard.
  • Submit your own work! Students with identical or near-identical submissions will receive a zero and may be investigated for violating the honor code.
  • Review
  • Bring your ePortfolio with you to class, or have it accessible on another device. (We have laptops in the classroom you may use.)
  • Your ePortfolio should be complete outside of any unanswered questions you may have. At the beginning of class (Monday / Tuesday), you’ll have time to review the questions and answers with your peers and make any corrections.



Component Excellent Competent Incomplete

(30 points)

ePortfolio not only complete, but thorough. Answers to questions are carefully explained in the student’s own voice. ePortfolio complete; all questions answered. Portions of ePortfolio are missing or incomplete.

(40 points)

ePortfolio is not only organized, but student has taken the time to make sure it is visually pleasing. Sections of ePortfolio are clearly labeled. ePortfolio is unorganized. It is difficult to differentiate between sections of ePortfolio.
Grammar and Style

(20 points)

Assignment is free of punctuation errors, structural mistakes, and misspelling. Punctuation, structural mistakes, and spelling errors are minimal or nonexistent. ePortfolio is sloppy and difficult to read. Few end marks or capital letters used. Answers contain numerous spelling or structural errors.
Suitability for Sharing

(10 points)

Assignment successfully meets or exceeds all components and is unique enough to share with astronomy students throughout the world in the OER commons. Assignment successfully meets all components and although it is not unique it is suitable to be used as a teaching tool with students in future semesters. Assignment does not meet all components and therefore is not suitable to be used as a teaching tool with students for future semesters.


Please complete the student release form

Exemplary work should be shared so that others can benefit from the work that you are producing.

Not only will you create better work than if the potential audience is simply your professor or a few of your peers but you will also be contributing to the body of astronomy knowledge that exists in the field!

If your submitted work meets excellent or competent standards, according to the rubric, I will publish your work so that others may see your excellence!

So that I may share your assignment to the OER Commons, please complete the Student Release of Course Materials for Public Availability form on the last two pages of this document, and return a signed copy of the form.

 Download Example Assignment Materials

Download the Assignment

If you like this assignment and want to use it with your classes download an MS Word Copy of the assignment here: ePortfolio-assignment-sheet


View an example of the Completed ePortfolio Assignment

Visit for an example of an exemplary Peer Professor Assignment.


View a Graded Student Assignment Example

If you’d like to view a Graded Examle of the student assignment above, download an MS Word Copy of the Graded Assignment Here: ePortfolio-assignment-graded


If you would like students to publish their work on the OER commons, you should obtain a signed consent form from your students.  A sample consent form is provided here:

Student Release of Course Materials for Public Availability

Attribution_Student_Consent_Form.fwStudent Release of Course Materials for Public Availability by Open Oregon Educational Resources is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License and is adapted from Release Form for Student-Created Work with CC Licensing by Boyoung Chae for Open Washington, CC-BY 4.0.