Student Resources

We have many resources to assist you in creating a dynamic, thoughtful, and secure Aportfolio.

Resources for Creating Your Aportfolio

  • Transferable Skills Inventories
    Transferable Skills are often expected by employers. Your ability to demonstrate and reflect on these skill in interviews could be a deciding factor. Review the Transferable Skills Inventory and note some of the areas where you have clear evidence and examples in your Aportfolio.
    Transferable Skills Inventories (PDF, 215 KB)
  • Core Competency Inventories
    You may wish to review and complete the Core Compentencies Inventories to assist you with contextualizing and situating your evidence and reflections.
    Core Competencies Inventories (PDF, 218 KB)
  • Personal Narrative Guide
    Your personal narrative is a powerful first impression. We suggest the follow prompts and guidelines to assist you in preparing a positive digital presence. This will help you tell your readers your story, personally and professionally.
    Personal Narrative Guide (DOCX, 91 KB)
  • Creating Dynamic Visuals
    Would you like help creating a visually dynamic Aportfolio? Look through our Dynamic Visuals powerpoint (PPTX, 2 MB). It has a lot of tips on how to make your Aportfolio look its best. If you would like, you can also download the worksheet (DOCX, 15 KB) that goes with the power point.
  • Check your work!
    Here is a sample rubric (DOCX, 16 KB) that could be used by you, or your professors to grade your Aportfolio.

Copyright and Citation Resources

Creating dynamic Aportfolios often involves using images, quotes, or videos; this also leads to copyright and citation issues. This section has been created to provide students with information about citing images, where to find public domain images, and how to secure your information and artifacts.

Getting Started

  • Can I Use that Picture? (PDF, 1.2 MB)
    When beginning to add photos or images to your Aportfolio, how do you know whether you are allowed to use that image? Here is a helpful guide. Please note that Appalachian State University requires citations on all images that are not owned by you. This infographic is designed to help you understand the terms Copyright, Fair Use, Public Domain, and Creative Commons. 
  • A Window on Fair Use
    MIT has put together a concise video on what the term "fair use" means
  • Guide to using images ethically (PDF, 226 KB)
    This guide includes definitions, links, a list of sites to find images and screenshots of where to find the photo license information.
  • Copyright Free Resources list
    Here is an additional list of sites from the Electronic Portfolio Action and Communication site where you can find images.

Citations in Aportfolios

  • Citation guides
    From Belk Library, we have APA and MLA citation guides for images, diagrams, and artistic works. They also include links to helpful websites such as OWL at Purdue.
  • Citing Images from the Web 
    A short tutorial about how to embed the URL of a photo into the image's info. Tutorial for mac and pc. 

Protecting Your Information