ePortfolio Ethics

Protecting Your Personal Info and Content

Protecting Your Personal Information:

Protecting yourself and your personal information is of critical importance. Below are some guidelines to help safeguard your information.

  • Do not include any personal information, such as your phone number, e-mail address, or street address, anywhere on your public ePortfolio or resume.
  • Delete personal information, such as full names of family members and friends.
  • Remove any references to medical conditions or sensitive data, such as birthday or social security information, from your ePortfolio or resume before posting online.
  • You can add a Contact page to your ePortfolio, which will allow people to contact you without revealing your email address.

Protecting Your Academic Work and Research:

It's also important that you protect your original ideas, art, and intellectual content. This can be accomplished through the use of a Creative Commons license, watermarking, or a copyright statement in the footer of your web page. You should also save Word documents as PDFs, as they are more difficult to copy.

Upload only Samples of Your Work - It is highly recommended that you upload a sample or segment of your work/papers when creating a public ePortfolio, i.e. an abstract, a page or two of a longer paper, a conclusion of your research, a few minutes of your video presentation.  You can always include a note that invites your ePortfolio reviewers to contact you for more information or examples of your work if they are interested in seeing more. NOTE: Your ePortfolio required for a specific course should remain private between you and the instructor or class; therefore, it is safe to upload complete documents, files, or images.

Creative Commons License -  A CC license tells others that this work belongs to you because you created it. It also details how others are allowed to use your work. Below are some basic guidelines and links to helpful information about CC. 

Watermarks- Adding a watermark is one option. The use of watermarks can be distracting but necessary. Without a watermark, anyone can easily download and duplicate your graphics or photos. It is your decision to include a watermark. Word, Photoshop, and other graphic design software have help files on how to add a watermark.