Reflection Prompt:

The TAMUCC College of Science and Engineering has completed a nearly functional Izzy the Android prototype! Without your help, though, they can't get the AI functioning. In order for the android to become a real first-year Islander student, it needs your input.

The mind of the android prototype should model a true first-year experience as accurately as possible. To make that happen, the CS department needs to scan artifacts and evidence from actual student life.

Using as much evidence from your experience this semester as you can, argue for your experience to be used in the android's AI. In order to successfully demonstrate that your evidence is from a human and not from malware, it should reflect how the Student Learning Outcomes from your Seminar course represent real student learning.

The SLOs you will need to demonstrate are listed here:

  • Reflect and integrate learning from learning community courses, including development of critical thinking skills, social and/or personal responsibility.
  • Interact with faculty and peers about substantive matters through daily activities and discussions.
  • Demonstrate competence of knowledge related to the learning community discipline(s) in a public forum.

The Triad CS portfolio will be graded on three elements:

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

Your Reflection: Your final reflection for the semester is an essay in which you will argue for the use of "your story," as described in the prompt above. 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.

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. Make careful considerations about content and revise your writing before you submit!

Submission Instructions:

Your Triad CS Final Portfolio is due to Blackboard on Wednesday, December 6 by 11:59pm. Please submit a single zip file containing your Reflective Overview document (in Word/PDF format) and an internal folder that includes all of your evidence labeled with meaningful file names. Let me know if you have any questions about how to submit your work.