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How to Earn a Card

During and after your Cardinal Experience you will create and submit an e-portfolio that includes a reflection of how the experience aligns with the Card Characteristics and learning outcomes. Submitting an e-portfolio is the final step in earning a Card. You can find directions for how to create and submit your e-portfolio below.

If the Five Cards course is not listed under your courses on your Digication home page, please contact 5cards@otterbein.edu.

How to Create an E-Portfolio

  1. Log in
  2. Click on your courses and select the Five Cards Course
  3. Select the e-portfolios tab
  4. Click “create e-portfolio from template” that is next to the Five Card Application Template
  5. Title your portfolio (example: Riley Ottergrad: Community Engagement Card)
  6. Skip chose a template and skip chose a theme (those come from the template)
  7. Under permissions select "private within Otterbein University"
  8. Do not allow tags
  9. Select who may comment (recommended: registered users) and when comments will be shown (recommended: Do not show comments until they have been approved)
  10. Click on "create new e-portfolio"

Once you have created your e-portfolio

  1. Click the tab of the card for which you are applying.
  2. Read through the instructions then create your application on one of the three sections under the My Application part.
  3. Note: There is an example of an application under the Five Cardinal Experiences Overview tab.


Melissa Gilbert
Associate Dean Experiential Learning and Community Engagement

Chelsie Lakeman
Five Cards Graduate Assistant

p/ 614.823.1270
e/ 5cards@otterbein.edu