- Revise the initial reflections you have produced in your mid-term portfolio.
- Develop additional sections for the other projects you have completed
- Develop a section or sections covering less formal aspects of your work--comments on readings, feedback to peers, etc.
- Create or revise a cover letter that sets the tone and provides one or two areas of focus for the portfolio
- Integrate your two portfolio videos
- Work on integrating links, embedding materials, adding design elements, and creating a sense of flow and aesthetic elements for the portfolio
- Polish and proofread
To complete the work, locate and edit your existing portfolio draft. Complete all of these by the end of our final exam period and have them submitted on the web site.
Compose a portfolio of your work in the class. Before getting started think about these big picture aspects of portfolios: The portfolio serves two main purposes: 1) to allow continued revision of your projects, and 2) to promote reflection on what you have learned as a writer and thinker in the class. For the purpose of the portfolio composition, the reflections will matter the most--though they will be built upon solid, well-revised projects. Note that you will also be composing two "portfolio" videos for your projects. You can work to ensure that the text and discussion in the portfolio posting complements the content that is covered in the videos.
All of these reflections should shed light on your progression as a thinker and writer. The audience for your portfolio will be someone potentially interested in the educational concerns associated with the kinds of projects we have done in this class.
Portfolios work well at demonstrating learning, growth, effort, and the details of the final products of your work. Your reflections, then, can serve to educate your reader about your materials and your learning.
Next, collect all of the materials associated with the class. Some of these will be on sites like YouTube or Twitter and others will be on our class Web site. Here is a list to use as you collect:
- Professional web site, drafts(s) and revision(s) COMPLETE DRAFT BY MARCH 22
- Product proposal: draft(s) and revision(s) COMPLETE DRAFT BY MARCH 22
- Product proposal presentation materials(s) COMPLETE DRAFT BY MARCH 22
- Product advertisement: draft(s) and revision(s) COMPLETE BY FINAL END OF FINAL EXAM
- Portfolio videos (2) COMPLETE BY FINAL END OF FINAL EXAM
- Team project: all materials COMPLETE BY FINAL END OF FINAL EXAM
- Personal branding: all materials COMPLETE BY FINAL END OF FINAL EXAM
- Web site comments: You can click on your name in the top-right of this Web site, and then click Track to see all of the postings and comments that you have made. COMPLETE BY FINAL END OF FINAL EXAM
- Any other materials related to the class--images of notebook sketches, marked up papers, additional drafts, extra projects, tweets, etc. COMPLETE BY FINAL END OF FINAL EXAM
Use the composing tools in the posting box to create links to or embed all of your materials. I will go over the basics of composing in class. You can also explore these more advanced composing options.
Once you have collected everything, you can turn to developing the reflections about the materials. I think it's helpful to guide readers of the portfolio with a kind of story that will help them make sense of the materials. You can have this in mind as you develop the various sections. Either before, during, or after, you will also want to work on an opening cover letter of a few paragraphs that synthesizes the main themes of the portfolio and prepares readers for what they are about to experience.
Once you have revised your projects, collected all of your materials, created portfolio videos and drafted reflections and a cover letter, revisit the portfolio as a whole. Think of the portfolio itself as a key composition for the course. Check that you have one or two key threads that organize and help people move through the discussion in the portfolio. Print out or otherwise carefully comb through all of the prose and the links to polish everything up. Think about any additional videos or materials that you might create or include to capture your learning, your composing process, and the strengths of your projects.
Continue working up until our final. The portfolio will be the final representation of your work in the class.
Here are some samples: