Here we are. We made it. We’ve come a long way. But no journey is complete without asking ourselves to reflect upon the progress we’ve made and the steps it took to get here. As the culmination of our ENC 1102 journey, the Final Portfolio project invites you to showcase the work you’ve accomplished, apply revision strategies and feedback to your major assignments, and reflect upon what you have learned about writing and yourself. Your portfolio will celebrate what you’ve accomplished while helping you and your audience understand and appreciate what you have learned.
Your Final Portfolio will take the shape of an e-Portfolio. Using an online platform of your choice, you will tell the story of how you’ve grown this semester. The portfolio will consist of each of your major assignments (revised based on peer and professor feedback), key artifacts and activities that demonstrate your process (previous drafts, notes, peer review feedback, etc.), and a Reflective Cover Letter. Together, these artifacts will portray your process as a writing researcher and how you have achieved the stated outcomes of ENC 1102.
Use the feedback provided by me and your peer review groups to revise your major assignments. These final drafts will be included in your portfolio and should demonstrate substantive revision.
Who is the audience for your portfolio? That will be me, but the great thing about the e-Portfolio is that you will be able to share with family, friends, and classmates should you so choose.
What assignments are Required:
- Initial Research Proposal
- Annotated Bibliography + Literature Review
- Revised Research Proposal
- Scholarly Article
- Primary Research Data
- Peer Review Notes
- Reflection Cover Letter
*You should include both the first and final drafts of each required assignment! If you created more than two drafts, include them too. One of the purposes of the portfolio is to demonstrate your growth as a writer and how you have made your choices to revise. I want to see your process unfold.
The Reflective Cover Letter should be approximately 2-3 pages in length. You should point to examples in your work, when appropriate, as evidence of how you have achieved the outcomes. You might also choose to reference some of our class readings. If you do so, use MLA format for your citations.
Check out the following questions to help you reflect upon what you’ve learned this semester:
- How has your understanding of writing and the field of writing studies changed or been shaped during this class?
- What have you learned about the writing process?
- What might you have done differently and why?
- What areas might you identify as opportunities for continued growth in your writing journey? How will you continue to learn and build on the research and writing experience you had this semester?
- How will you apply what you have learned in ENC 1102 about writing and research to your future studies, career, etc.?
- Refer to the ENC 1102 Course Outcomes (you can find them listed in the course syllabus). How has your work fulfilled these targeted outcomes?
Tips & Tricks
While not required, many students find it helpful to choose a unifying metaphor to express what they have learned and share their ENC 1102 story. This is another opportunity for you to tap into your creative instincts and let your personality shine through in your e-Portfolio.
You have options. Students have used platforms such as WIX, WordPress, Google Sites, etc. to create their portfolios. You might have something else that works better for you. The choice is yours.
Be specific. Your reflection is about you. Again, there’s no one way to write your Reflection Cover Letter. Your reflection will likely look quite different from a classmate’s.
Consider what rhetorical strategies you will use in presenting your work. The great thing about an e-Portfolio is that it is multi-modal. Experiment with and pay attention to the visual rhetorical strategies available to you when working in this format.
Consider navigability and how your audience will interact with the e-Portfolio. The portfolio doesn’t need to be fancy, but it should be thoughtfully laid out and constructed to highlight the narrative you want to communicate about your work and your ENC 1102 experience.
How Will You Know It’s Good?
Your Final Portfolio is a celebration and a showcase. The portfolio should put your best work on display and show the process or path you took to arrive at the completed product. A good reflection letter will look at where you have been, what you have learned this semester, and where you are going. Refer back to the assessment sections on your previous major project assignments pages for specifics on what to strive for in a successful revision of individual projects.
These questions should help you determine when your Final Portfolio is ready to share:
- Have you included all required assignments in your portfolio? Including early drafts and evidence of your revisions?
- Have you incorporated feedback from your peers and your teacher into the final version of your Scholarly Article?
- Have you told a story, charted your course, or created an image of your learning about writing and research this semester?
- Do you point to specific examples, evidence, and/or artifacts to support the claims you make in your reflection?
- Does the portfolio point to how you have reached ENC 1102 course outcomes?
- Have you considered ways that you might continue to grow as a writer? Where might your writing take you next?
- Is your e-Portfolio designed with your audience in mind? Is it readable? Navigable? Have you thought about how the visual design connects to your content?