Explore this year’s Digital Portfolio Showcase winners, and discover how students utilize the program to cultivate digital literacy and catalogue their SUMMIT experiences.

SUMMIT, Agnes Scott’s distinctive and groundbreaking approach to a liberal arts education, gives students the skills, knowledge and experience needed to be global citizens and effective leaders in the 21st century. While SUMMIT looks different for each Scottie, its underlining pieces remain the same. A crucial element of the SUMMIT approach is the creation of Digital Portfolios, which are started by students in their first semester and continue throughout their four-year SUMMIT journey. 

Through their Digital Portfolios, students organize and curate meaningful undergraduate experiences and accomplishments — such as essays and projects they're proud of — and reflections on them. The portfolios can also feature résumés and other work samples to provide a collection of engaging material to show future employers or graduate school selection committees.

On December 6, 2018, The Center for Digital and Visual Literacy (CDVL) hosted a culminating event called the Digital Portfolio Showcase. Ten senior finalists presented their Digital Portfolios to judges, and three winners were named: Mallika Balakrishnan ’19, first place; Dais Johnston ’19, second place; and Zoe Katz ’19, third place.

Explore this year’s Digital Portfolio Showcase winners


Mallika Balakrishnan ’19

digital-potfolios_dais.jpgDais Johnston ’19

digital-potfolios_zoe-kratz.jpg<Zoe Katz ’19

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Digital Portfolios are grounded in the idea that when a student has the opportunity to see the relationship between specific classroom experiences and theories – and overarching educational goals — the reward is a more valuable learning experience. First year students utilize CDVL resources, including student tutors, for initial Digital Portfolio creation, curation and maintenance. Students are then required to complete SUM 400: Portfolio Capstone, a 2 credit-hour, pass/fail, hybrid (online and in-person) class, during the fall semester of their senior year. SUM 400 covers the mechanics of using digital and web-based software, organizing information, learning and reviewing copyright laws, and evaluating various information sources. Faculty also work with students to articulate their most salient college experiences as apply for various post graduate opportunities.

By creating a Digital Portfolio, students enhance their digital literacy and effectively hone their use of software, applications and digital devices for the purpose of expression, engagement, collaboration, advocacy and innovation. Digitally literate Scotties will leave Agnes Scott ready to actively participate in an increasingly civic and social justice oriented society and contribute to a vibrant, informed and engaged global community.