The Triad CS portfolio will be graded on three elements:

  • the Final Reflection
  • the Portfolio Evidence
  • the Portfolio Organization.

Your Final Reflection: Your final reflection is an essay in which you will share with us "your story" of your first semester at university. In doing so, this reflection will overlap the personal with academic writing so that the reader(s) may get a glimpse of what your semester within Triad CS and at university has been like. It is also the document which ties your Triad CS portfolio together. The reflection should also guide the reader through the contents of your portfolio.

Your reflection should address the questions below. The questions listed below are listed to help you prepare for the final reflection. The Portfolio prompt will be very similar to the theme of these questions. Your essay must be at least five paragraphs long, but may be longer. Discuss your evidence directly, provide contextual examples, explain them and elaborate as much as possible.

1.) How have you developed your critical thinking skills or ways of thinking- about any subject, content, or problem? How has the quality of your thinking or your perspective been changed significantly since you began college? How has academic study become a process of discovery for you?

2.) How have you clarified personal values, goals and strengths this semester? How have they helped you to become a better student?

3.) How have you developed your ability to learn through teamwork, cooperation, and collaboration with your peers?

4.) How have you developed your communication skills based on your ability to analyze and interpret complex issues/ideas in a variety of texts? How have you been successful in using your creativity to communicate your ideas and knowledge?

Selecting Evidence An effective portfolio will not include everything you have done for each of the Triad courses. You must take an active role in choosing work to include. In other words, you are responsible for selecting evidence that you think best demonstrates your performance, your learning, and your development of specific skills and knowledge. You are responsible for helping portfolio readers understand your choices. Your selection should include some evidence from all Triad CS courses, but can also include evidence from outside the Triad or even outside of graded assignments.

You will need to be selective about what you include in your portfolio. (Think: Which assignments/activities have had the most meaning for you?) Discussion of the evidence should fully explain WHY this specific assignment/learning experience is significant, and what this particular piece of evidence represents.

Organization: The portfolio is a presentation of your work. Therefore, it should be organized in such a way that is easy for you and the reader to navigate. Practice with the Blackboard portfolio tool and revise before you submit!