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 Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS) -  e-portfolio



What is a GSELS Portfolio?

People in many disciplines and industries—artists, business people, educators, researcher— assemble professional portfolios to highlight their best work.  In order to model this process, and confirm your qualifications as a GSELS scholar, you are being asked to consider to create and begin assembling your own GSELS student portfolio, which you can then continue to build as part of your professional toolkit.  We suggest you include course assignments, written work, images, video, sound recordings and more, all highlighting your best work related to sustainability and Earth literacy, from your classes here at MDC and beyond.  The portfolio will be a web-based electronic document that can be accessed from the GSELS website. It is suggested to help you  showcase your participation in GSELS. 



How Should I Make My GSELS Portfolio?

You can assemble your GSELS portfolio, gradually, as you move through your MDC studies, using any electronic document tool with which you are familiar, preferably in a format that allows for multi-media elements such as images, video and audio recordings.  You can also use an electronic portfolio and posting software.  See below for a list of possible programs or apps for creating and posting your portfolio. 


What Should I Include in my GSELS Portfolio?

Your portfolio should include an introductory piece that explains why you are motivated to be a sustainability and Earth ethics scholar, at least one sustainability-related course assignment from each of your GSELS courses and a concluding piece that explains how you expect to use your sustainability and Earth ethics perspective in your future work and studies.  You might also include other course assignments related to sustainability and Earth ethics-- written, artistic, sound, video, academic, commercial or other work that you’ve done related to sustainability and earth ethics, links to inspirational sites and documents that you believe support your portfolio. And anything else related to your work and studies of sustainability and Earth ethics that you think might impress your colleagues, potential employers and the world at large.  Remember that your portfolio will be public—do not post anything you don’t want the whole world to see.

Steps and Tools for Creating and Building your GSELS Portfolio

1.     CREATING THE PORTFOLIO:  You can use any program or app that you would like, which will allow you to incorporate all the different elements of your portfolio and make them available on the web.  One approach is to -use a word processor, publishing or slide-making software (like Word, PowerPoint, or Publisher), or EverNote.  You might also consider creating a blog (WordPress and Tumblr are leading tools) or maybe a video-based portfolio in a YouTube Channel.  It’s probably best to use a tool that you are already familiar with.

2.      MAKE THE PORTFOLIO AVAILABLE ONLINE:  Then, make the portfolio document available online.  This can easily be done using SkyDrive (from Microsoft), iCloud (from Apple), or GoogleDrive (from Google).  You can put everything for your portfolio into one document, or you might make one master portfolio page that links to other pages or parts of your portfolio

3.  PORTFOLIO SYSTEMS.  If you like, you could also use a system like CarbonMade, or FolioForMe

4.  SEND THE PORTFOLIO LINK TO THE GSELS PROGRAM.  Once you have created your portfolio, EEI wants to share your work with others. In the next few weeks, we will create a page on the EEI website where a small photo of you and a link to your portfolio will be housed.  Please send a small photo of yourself and your link to Colleen Ahern-Hettich at .




Learn more about the guiding philosophy behind GSELS

The Earth Charter



Thomas Berry's -Nature of Universe
 and  12 Principles
of Understanding the Universe,


Life Long Learning,
Environmental and
Sustainable Education

Additional Resources:



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