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Portfolio Instructions for Ecological Imaginings, Spring 2015

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 DUE by 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 9 (for seniors);
by 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 15 (for all others)

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 me with the evaluation of your work-and-play. You've already created multiple web-events and weekly forum posts. Now you will also

...log onto our course homepage.

* Among the "quick links" on the left you'll see "My E-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," and EACH OF YOUR SITE SITS "sit sit"
(apologies for the hassle of doing this, 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.

* Make an appointment for a final conference with me, to discuss your semester's work and final web-event.

* Then write a short (2-3 pp.) essay
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, of imagination, and of the reciprocal relationship among these concepts and experiences 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!):

** Complete 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 say about 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 has been helpful in your thinking and writing processes?

** 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 Friday night postings about your site sits? How did you take up the Monday night assignments to make posts and 'webby' ones?  In what way did writing them contribute to your learning? What can you say about the range of your more extended "web events"? What have you learned, overall, about your writing and thinking processes? Where have you "moved"? 

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

** Create a  regular post for this reflective essay.
Title it "Self Evaluation and Reflection," and also

** Upload a banner image to illustrate a central theme of your portfolio.
When you are logged in, under "Quick Links" on the left you will find "My Account."
Open that, go to "edit," and scroll down to Personal Banner for E-Portfolio,
where you can make an selection to upload and caption.
For a range of examples of what this might look like, see
abradycole, "Stoking the fire in the hearth of the home we've built in a place of transition"
bridgetmartha, "what to do after filling my balloon?"
Hummingbird, ""Cross-Cultural Communication"
khinchey, "I'm trying to learn how to live..."
nbarker, "...attempting to represent as many identities as possible in as little visual space as possible"
nkechi, "Move Up, Move Up"
rebeccamec, "Intersectional Identities in One Institution"
rosea, "questioning everything on the hunt for perspective"
smalina, "Learning to Listen: Finding Sameness and Reverence for Difference"
Sunshine, "Constantly changing, evolving, and growing. "

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 me 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 Anne).

Any questions about this process? E-mail

All senior work is due by 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 9; all others' by 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 15.

In my response to this portfolio, I'll be giving you a grade not just for the quality of your written work, but also for class participation and process. Your self-evaluation will assist me with my own, as I reflect on your engagement in the course.

I 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.

I've enjoyed it very much, and learned a lot--