Each student at Bucknell will create a Pathways portfolio that will support their intellectual and personal development. As an advisor, coach or mentor, your students’ portfolios will allow you to more clearly see their developmental progress, aspirations, disappointments, challenges and successes, so that you can give more individualized and targeted advice. A student’s Pathways portfolio will also provide a useful resource for the composition of letters of recommendations. Although the portfolio is by default owned by the student, they can share it with others, eventually using portions of their portfolio to apply for internships and jobs.
It is important to remind our students that their portfolio is not simply a list of “things done”, “hoops to jump through, ” a “fancy resume,” or another “social media site”. Rather, this is a safe space to think critically, to intentionally explore new experiences, to try out alternative narratives, and to map out a personal pathway through Bucknell with intentionality and forethought.
Faculty and staff have slightly different privileges than students. However, the Digication software tool is based upon the ability to create a portfolio. It is suggested that you complete the introductory checklist (the same steps students will take) as first start. This will help you log in to the system for the first time, set up your account and practice creating portfolios. With that as background you will be ready to begin creating templates for your students. If you need help getting started you should consult the Student and Faculty Guides or attend one of the faculty workshops. You can also look at the menu of options for engaging in Pathways.