Final Portfolio

While most assignments in this course are designed for our sections in particular, the final portfolio assignment is shared by the entire program. In contrast to the rest of your assignments, which end up on the blog, this assignment will ask you to compile Word documents into a folder.

The full set of instructions for the final portfolio, which we’ll begin discussing on October 29, can be found in pdf formĀ here.

31 thoughts on “Final Portfolio”

  1. What would be a good example of a nonverbal artifact? Does nonverbal mean “not spoken orally” or “without words” in this context?

    1. While nonverbal in a general sense refers to basically anything that’s not words, in the GA Tech writing program this typically refers to the aspects of oral performance that aren’t the words… Facial expression, bodily movement, body language, etc. The pecha kucha certainly covers this (feel free to talk about the in-class presentation as well as the recorded artifact), as would the first-week response video.

  2. In the artifacts that together best reflect your work and development in the course do we paste the artifact above and then reflect on it, or is there another way we are meant to do it.

    1. The artifacts need not be pasted into the Word document containing your TOC, self-review essay, and short reflections. Except for documents representing process toward one of your artifacts, all of your artifacts need only be “included” via URLs/links in the table of contents. The short reflections themselves can include a link, too, but the link in the TOC actually suffices. That is, the short reflections can be largely independent of the objects they’re reflecting on.

    1. Since it will be clear that you’re referencing your own work, no citation is necessary for a screen shot in this case. You might, however, include a caption that identifies the screenshot as “Figure 1 (or 2 or 3 etc.)” and identifies the image–“one section of the infographic project,” for example.

  3. To represent the PK, include a URL or link to the recorded, online PK in your table of contents. Either the link to your blog post or the YouTube link will suffice.

  4. For most of you, the multimodal essay will best reflect a revision process. The key is to show change in an artifact over time. A rough draft (such as the one you sent to your peers) and a final draft would suffice, though you may include other drafts, too.

    1. Yes–oral in that it’s spoken, nonverbal in that you presented it with body language in class, visual because of the images/slides, and electronic because of its final form as a web video. If you use the PK and any other 2 artifacts, you’re likely to have covered all the required bases.

  5. For the reflection essay, can we only use the 3 artifacts we used at the end of the portfolio, or can we use other assignments from the class as well? If we can use other assignments that we didn’t use as artifacts, do we have to include them in the portfolio?

    1. Feel free to reference any work from the course in the reflective essay. You need not include those other artifacts in the portfolio.

  6. For the artifact that deals with the revision process, can I compare a comment from the beginning of the semester to one I wrote towards the end?

    1. While you could easily talk about two comments from different points in the semester as demonstrating some element of your learning in the self-reflection essay, blog comments aren’t likely to be strong “process-demonstrating” artifacts. The process you’re supposed to show here is a conscious process of making and rethinking rhetorical decisions over the course of the development of a single artifact. It would be a better idea to show the process of development of a more substantive product, such as the blog post you revised for the blog reflection, the longer multimodal blog essay, the infographic, or the pecha kucha.

  7. What has to go in the works cited page if all the content in our essay is our own idea and thoughts on our reflective process? Is it alright if we don’t have a works cited page?

    1. Unless you’ve cited or borrowed from work by others that is not your own thought and ideas, you do not need a works cited page.

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