Connecting Portfolio Essay to your blog

Your portfolio essay will be uploaded to Moodle for grading; it will also serve as the home page for your portfolio.  You will use it to outline your learning and then point your audience to various places within your blog for evidence. This means you will need to add links to point to various pages and/or posts. Here’s an example.

Let’s use today’s paragraph as an example.

Personally, I would say the “understanding of writing be a process of making meaning, requiring multiple drafts and revision” would be the most important information that I took away from my first writing course in college. For as many years that I have been writing, I have liked to think that my first or second copy is the best that I can possibly do. Being a perfectionist, I like to think that after my struggle of getting started that once I get going, my paper is the best. Yes, that is probably very egotistical and I do not mean to be. I guess that it did not help much that I still did pretty well on my papers throughout high school without much revision. In the eyes of most students, I guess you could say that I was lucky; I barely had to revise my papers and I still got a good grade on them. However, it took my first semester as a college student to understand that it is okay to ask others for their opinions, and that it is always okay to have numerous rough drafts. Throughout my entire process of writing drafts and final copies this semester, I kept Anne Lamott’s story, Shitty First Drafts in my mind.  [Naturally this article is on the class blog.  Remember how you created a link to your animoto by going to your animoto site and “cutting and pasting” the url? You can do the same to link to my blog — provide your audience with a link of the Project 1 assignment page.  Another idea is to access the article, save it to your media file, and use the “Add Media” feature.] … Now, just because they may be putting their own input into my paper, it does not mean that my paper lost any of its value; I believe it actually gained meaning. For example with the Literacy Autobiography assignment, we began by writing a timeline of our literacy events [Naturally you will link to your timeline and not the post I have selected here] and then create a draft for a peer review. I would then have to work on another draft with the help of their input and fine- tune it. If my fine-tuning would not work, I would repeat the process over and over until I found what I was looking for. [View how my Literacy Autobiography changed from my Rough Draft to my Final copy by clicking here.]  [I think you get the idea now.] I felt more confident when writing and constructing each of my projects this semester. The more that I write, the more that I can make myself a better writer. The better writer that I become overtime, the better that I can communicate successfully with whatever audience that I am writing for.

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Portfolio essay sample paragraph

Just a reminder that this final essay is worth 15% of your grade and it must analyze your learning according to course outcomes.  Analysis is asking 1,000 questions to more fully understand the topic. The first step is to break down the course outcome so you are aware of all the nuances to your learning.

For example, let’s look at #4:  Understand writing as a process of making meaning, requiring multiple drafts and revision.

  • What did you learn about drafting or revising after reading Lamott’s “Shitty First Drafts,” Rinke’s article in GrizzWrites, or watching the Bunker Hill video? Did you apply any of these concepts this semester (e.g. did you write a down draft for peer review? Participate in active peer review process?) What did you learn as a result?
  • Did your paper(s) change from your first draft to final copy?  Why? How?  What did you learn through the revision process?
  • Who helped you with revision? How does the meaning of your paper change through revision with peers? Writing center? Professor? Family?

Naturally, you do not have to use these questions and/or you could develop many others.  Answer your questions and organize into paragraphs with logical organizational structure.

An example

Personally, I would say the “understanding of writing be a process of making meaning, requiring multiple drafts and revision” would be the most important information that I took away from my first writing course in college. For as many years that I have been writing, I have liked to think that my first or second copy is the best that I can possibly do. Being a perfectionist, I like to think that after my struggle of getting started that once I get going, my paper is the best. Yes, that is probably very egotistical and I do not mean to be. I guess that it did not help much that I still did pretty well on my papers throughout high school without much revision. In the eyes of most students, I guess you could say that I was lucky; I barely had to revise my papers and I still got a good grade on them. However, it took my first semester as a college student to understand that it is okay to ask others for their opinions, and that it is always okay to have numerous rough drafts. Throughout my entire process of writing drafts and final copies this semester, I kept Anne Lamott’s story, “Shitty First Drafts,” in my mind.  This semester, once I revised the initial pouring of my thoughts onto my rough drafts, my peers and professor would read over and put in their constructive criticism on how I could improve. Now, just because they may be putting their own input into my paper, it does not mean that my paper lost any of its value; I believe it actually gained meaning. I would then have to work on another draft with the help of their input and fine- tune it. If my fine-tuning would not work, I would repeat the process over and over until I found what I was looking for. I felt more confident when writing and constructing each of my projects this semester. The more that I write, the more that I can make myself a better writer. The better writer that I become overtime, the better that I can communicate successfully with whatever audience that I am writing for.

Last essay :)

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The main assignment we will discuss will be your final portfolio essay. Please bring a printed copy of your rough draft to class Monday/Tuesday.

Also, I have been inputting grades throughout the weekend;  please review your grades in Moodle and advise if I have made an error.

If you will be revising a variety of products this week, you might want to meet me during office hours to discuss. (Access availability via “Office Hours” at the top of our Moodle page).

Finish line

You have three papers (& lots of revisions) due by next Friday.  If you want my feedback, you’ll need to meet me during office hours. Therefore, I strongly suggest to visit the Writing Center this week. Here are the assignments you still need to submit:

  • Your research paper reflection final copy due midnight, Monday, Nov. 25.
  • Your portfolio essay (it is worth 15% of your semester grade!) draft due Week 14, day 1; final copy in portfolio
  • Revising your research paper (if desired)

Just a note on revisions, you must write the reflection essay if you want a grade improvement. Revised products need to be uploaded to Moodle & your blog.

Last, still to do: Make sure you have filled out the Interview Consent Form, turn it in with your comp notebook next week, take the survey within the prior post.

Homestretch….

Today we’ll discuss any issues with your career ad; it will be due at midnight Monday, Nov. 25.

I’ll also discuss common issues I noted after grading videos: formatting credits page and/or some terrific examples from your classmates regarding incorporating effective visual & textual info

Class Sample Effective slides

Citations of Electronic Source

If you still need photos, view artstor.org, Wiki Commons, Flickr, and Google images. The last two an advanced search option for usage rights. Hope this helps! Here’s one more: http://seabreezecomputers.com/tips/freeimages.htm

Visual Rhetoric Characteristics

Chrobak’s CRAP heuristic (105)

Contrast:

How do some of the words in this text contrast with each other? What colors are apparent and how do they compare? Are some words bigger or smaller than others? Are some parts of the text darker or lighter and more or less colorful? What does contrast portray to the audience?

Repetition

What aspects of the text are repeated? Why? What affect does this have on the audience? Why would an author or creator want to include repetition in the text?

Alignment

How is the text aligned on the page? Is it uniform? Is it oddly formatted? What do these alignment choices say about this text? What does the way the text is situated on the page suggest various appeals to the audience?

Proximity

How are the words spaced on the page? Are they close together or far away? What is the author or creator trying to achieve by placing the text this way?

Video issues

Today we’ll discuss converting our research paper into a video by viewing & grading a couple videos.

Uche researched how emotions are connected to food

Anthony researched whether working at home was better than working in an office

The details are within the attached Project 3 Video, but in a nutshell: use a mature video production software to convert your career profile into a 3-5 minute movie using a combination of video footage, photos, images, visual effects, written text, spoken text, and music.

You should strive to shoot a lot of your own video and photos, but Internet material can be used following Fair Use guidelines. (This means no music or movie clips that are protected by copywrite).

Reminders:

Remember our audience is public: OU FYAC to be published on their blog. Therefore, make sure you have signed permission from your interviewee to use the material you gathered. I also need you to type an interview transcripts.

Nov. 6 recap

Here’s a list of your weekend homework.  (All assignments are outlined within Moodle; some are duplicated within this platform as well.)

  • You should be all set to put the finishing touches on your career paper.Upload your copy to be peer reviewed by midnight Friday.
  • Complete the peer evaluations for your three partners by 10 p.m. Sunday.
  • Complete the first page for your portfolio

Monday we’ll recap questions on these assignments and then move on to our movie and the next page of our portfolio.

Nov. 4 recap

Now that we’ve had terrific training for the video and have an idea how to transpose our blog into a portfolio, it’s time to put it all into practice. Please bring your laptops (if you have one) to class Wednesday.

You can read the first portfolio assignment by  viewing the portfolio page above.  Creating your Literacy Autobiography page will be due before class on Monday, Week 11.