Cadet Writer ePortfolios
Cadets maintain their Cadet Writer ePortfolios digitally through BlackBoard, where they collect Signature Writing Events (SWEs) from all West Point Writing Program-linked courses. These records support graduated holistic assessment by documenting Cadet performance on a wide array of writing tasks. All portfolios include two parts:
- Individual cadet products identified as SWEs;
- Individual Faculty Assessment Rubrics of cadet writer proficiency as demonstrated through SWEs.
Both components are completed within the context of individual courses linked to the Writing Program. By graduation, as they progress through First Year Composition, Writing-in-the-Core, Writing-in-the-Major, and Writing-in-the-Profession courses, almost all cadets accumulate nine to ten entries in portfolios that ensure a more diverse, comprehensive, and accurate view of their writing abilities than hitherto possible. Every course that participates in the Writing Program yields one set of portfolio entries to a cadet's portfolio.
In keeping with emerging portfolio-centered practices in higher education, these living archives also provide a way for cadets to track their progress as writers and draw connections across their courses, fostering a more integrative education. On an institutional level, these portfolios will inform both further development of specific cadets, as well as longitudinal studies of cadet writing generally and the effectiveness of various pedagogical approaches.
What Cadets Need to Know
Cadets must upload the same SWEs that they submit to instructors to the appropriate folders in their BlackBoard course that serves as their ePortfolio. SWEs should be uploaded to BlackBoard at the same time they are submitted to faculty. All cadets are enrolled in a BlackBoard course specific to their graduation year that constitutes their 'Cadet Writer ePortfolios' (for more information, download the WPWP Guide for Cadets).
Portfolios will be subject to regular review at the end of each academic semester, starting after the completion of the Fall 2017 term. Cadets who fail to keep their ePortfolios current and accurate will be reported to their chain of command.