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Portfolio Instructions for Changing Our Story, Fall 2016

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Instructions for Preparing
Your Web Portfolio for
Changing Our Story
Bryn Mawr College
Fall 2016
Jody Cohen & Anne Dalke

DUE by 12:30 p.m. on Fri, Dec. 16


This process invites you to reflect on all the work you have done for this course, to chronicle what has happened in your evolution as a thinker, writer and speaker, and to contribute to and assist us with the evaluation of your work-and-play. You've already created multiple web-events and weekly forum posts. Now you will also

...log on to Serendip:

* Select one of your papers for revision, and post it--this is your 13th web-event.

* In the bar across the top of the page you'll see "my portfolio." Clicking on that will call up all your web postings. Please review these. As you do so, open, edit and (if you haven't done this already) TAG EACH OF YOUR WEB EVENTS as "web event" (yes, it's a hassle, but it will make the events more findable and the portfolio more readable).

* Ruminate for a while on what you’re noticing as you revisit your whole semester's work.

* Then write a short (2-3 pp.) letter to your professor,
reflecting on where you were when we began this process, where you are now, and what’s been happening in between. How-and-what have you been learning? Where do you think that the edges of your learning now lie? In what ways has your understanding of identity, of environment, and of the reciprocal relationship between them been expanded, challenged, or complexified? In what ways have you been resisting such learning?

Be specific and descriptive in this process, but also evaluative
. These are some prompts for thinking about your work-and-play in the course (you do not have to answer each question!):

** Review the checklist.

** Review your participation in our group work-and-play: how present-and-contributing have you been in our class discussions, both large and small? What role have you assumed in our group dynamics, on-line, in-class and out-of-doors? What can you sayabout the quality of your listening? How much of your class work was focused on your own learning? In what ways have you been contributing to the learning of others (including responding to their writing)?

** Who among your classmates have you been learning from; who was helpful in your writing process?

** Consider your reading for the course: What were your joys-and-pleasures? What were your challenges? What were the ways that you grew as a reader? Where are your learning edges as a reader?

** Review also your written work: How did you take up the Monday night postings?  In what way did writing them contribute to your learning? What can you say about the range of your Friday night web events? What have you learned, overall, about your writing and thinking processes? Where have you "moved"? 

** Track the work you did on the 6-week project.

** Tell us what you are taking out of this class into your future academic work and/or life.

** Post this letter.
Title it "Self Evaluation and Reflection," and also USE THE CHECK BOX TO TAG IT "SELF EVALUATION AND REFLECTION."

** Upload a banner image to illustrate a central theme of your portfolio. When you login, you will land on your My Account page. Open “edit," and scroll down to “Personal Banner for E-Portfolio, where you can make an selection to upload and caption. For examples of what this could look like, see
AquamarineAura, "Opening up.... it takes expression and listening":
nkechi, "Move Up, Move Up": /oneworld/eportfolio/nkechi
Purple Finch, "Even More": /oneworld/eportfolio/Purple%20Finch
tajiboye, "Isn't everything blurred together in a sense..why must we separate the flower from the dirt it grows from": /oneworld/eportfolio/tajiboye

Refresh your browser, then check to make sure that your final paper, banner and self-evaluation have all shown up in your portfolio (which you can access again from the list along the top of the page).

Note that this means that your evaluation, as part of your portfolio, will be publicly available on the web (you can unclick the audience when you create or edit it, however, if you don't want it to show up in our ongoing on-line class conversation)

You should e-mail us any comments that you do not want to be public.

* Complete the checklist and submit it electronically (this is the only dimension of the portfolio that will be private = readable only by Jody and Anne).

Any questions about this process? E-mail

ALL WORK IS DUE by 12:30 p.m. on Friday, December 16.

In our response to this portfolio, we''ll be giving you a grade for the quality of your written work, for class participation and process. Your self-evaluation will assist us with our own, as we reflect on your engagement in the course.

We very much look forward to seeing what you have to say about our work together.

Thanks for joining in the exploratory journey we've taken this semester.

We've enjoyed it very much, and learned a lot--
Anne & Jody