The Triad E Final Portfolio: Fall 2015
To culminate your learning experience within Triad E you are being asked to submit a portfolio, where you will showcase your best work and lead the audience through that work via a reflective essay. This assignment, is your “final exam,” and is thus heavily weighted in all of your Triad E classes:
- History: 10% of your final course average
- Composition: 15% of your final course average
- Seminar: 25% of your final course average
When is this due?
The Triad E portfolio is due on November 30 at the beginning of history. Late work will NOT be accepted. The portfolio is a presentation of your work. Therefore, it should be organized in such a way that is polished, professional, and easy for the reader to navigate. See your individual instructors’ syllabi/web pages for specific on how to assemble and submit your portfolio.
The Portfolio Process: Collect ~ Select ~ Reflect
Collect Throughout the semester, you’ve been asked to "save" all your work, both electronic and paper copies. The object is not to submit everything you’ve done in the triad in your portfolio, but to have a wide range of choices as you consider what evidence you do want to include in your portfolio. Keep your materials organized, and by all means, back up electronic documents.
Select At different points in the semester, look through all your collected work in the triad. What stands out? What learning experiences have you had that you would consider significant? Why? How can you represent these learning experiences with actual evidence you have collected? Evidence MUST include examples of work from each of the Triad courses. You must take an active role in choosing work to include.
Consider “Habits of Mind” as you Select Evidence to Include
Throughout the semester, we’ve asked that you reflect on the habits of mind that successful scholars share. According to The Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing, these habits of mind are essential to students’ success in college writing:
- Curiosity – the desire to know more about the world.
- Openness – the willingness to consider new ways of being and thinking in the world.
- Engagement – a sense of investment and involvement in learning.
- Creativity – the ability to use novel approaches for generating, investigating, and representing ideas.
- Persistence – the ability to sustain interest in and attention to short- and long-term projects.
- Responsibility – the ability to take ownership of one’s actions and understand the consequences of those actions for oneself and others.
- Flexibility – the ability to adapt to situations, expectations, or demands.
- Metacognition – the ability to reflect on one’s own thinking as well as on the individual and cultural processes used to structure knowledge.
What evidence in your collection represents a specific habit of mind? What evidence helped you become more in tune with a particular habit of mind? For example, at what point in the semester did you really learn about persistence? In what ways this semester did you embrace openness?
Reflect The reflective essay is the only new piece of writing you will compose for the portfolio. In this piece of writing, you are asked to reflect on your growth as a scholar in the Triad E community. The reflection should address your learning process over the course of the semester as an active participant within Triad E. Some additional information on reflective writing!