Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few community guidelines for using the Macaulay eportfolios.

Who owns my eportfolio?
You own the content of your eportfolio (as long as it is work you created). It is yours, all yours!

Who sees my eportfolio?
You have various privacy options that can be tailored to your needs. You can make your eportfolio completely public, meaning anyone can see it. You can make it semi-public so that only members of the Macaulay community can see it. You can also make it private, or you can make certain posts private by password-protecting them. We encourage you to leave at least some of the content public–who knows what sorts of cool people might read it!–but we trust you to make the best decision about the privacy that you need, and your friendly neighborhood Teaching & Learning Collaboratory Fellow will be glad to help you think through the advantages and disadvantages of the different options. You can also change your mind and change your privacy settings as your eportfolio and your intended audiences change.

What can I say?
This eportfolio is for you to use however you like. You can say lots of things. There are relatively few things that we do not allow on eportfolios, which leads us to…

What can I not say?
We cannot tolerate discriminatory posts and/or slander. Do not use language in a way that is racist, sexist, or homophobic, or attacks other people or groups of people in any other bigoted way. Do not use your eportfolio to harass anyone, or do anything that is immoral, unethical, or illegal. Due to university regulations, we also can not allow direct commercial activity on any of the sites. Also, because we are a state-funded, public institution, sites can not endorse or support specific political candidates. And of course anything you post should be yours, or properly credited. Always give credit where credit is due (sing the Attribution Song)!

Remember that, depending on your privacy levels, many people will be able to read your eportfolio. Do not publish things that you do not want other people to read!

What if there is a disagreement or problem?
If there is a disagreement about the appropriateness of the content on your eportfolio, we will work with you to resolve it.

How long will my eportfolio last? Will it disappear after I graduate?
You can still use your eportfolio after graduation. Because this is a WordPress site, you can also export/import your content to your own domain, or to another platform, should you so choose. We do engage in periodic digital housekeeping that includes deletion of sites without user-generated content, and archiving of sites that are not being maintained. We will attempt to reach out to site administrators before we take action, so please keep your email address current on any sites you administer. 

I would like to see the official terms of service or privacy policy.
Of course! Here are the terms of service and the privacy policy.

I have another question that is not answered here.
Just ask your friendly neighborhood Teaching & Learning Collaboratory Fellow! Or you can use the contact form to send us an email.