Overview of the Mid-Term Portfolio for Dyad G

Portfolio Description and Purpose:

Many professionals maintain portfolios that exemplify their best qualities and qualifications in the field, typically including projects they've worked on or created, models or documents they've presented, as well as resumes and references. More often than not, the portfolio will also include an introductory letter explaining its contents and their relevance to the line of work. Your Dyad G Mid-term Portfolio will not be much different. Your portfolio is an individual assignment, and your product will be very unique. You will be asked to collect evidence that documents your development into a bona fide college student. Once you have collected your evidence, you will then write a Reflective Overview (RO) that will describe your transition from high school to college by reflecting on each piece of evidence and how it is *proof* of your learning -- and practicing -- what it means to be a college student based on the Habits of Mind we've discussed in class.

In order to successfully complete this portfolio, you must decide for yourself what types of activities are representative of being a college student. Consider all of the experiences you have had thus far (in your Dyad G courses, as well as your other classes and life outside of the classroom), including lectures, writing assignments, in-class activities, exams, and discussions. What specific experiences in the first half of this semester have helped shaped your understanding of what it takes to succeed as a college student?

The Two Major Components:

Think about everything you've done in the first part of this semester (inside and outside of Dyad G) and identify what you think were the most valuable learning experiences. You then need to find a piece of evidence to represent each experience. This evidence should ALREADY EXIST and should be from the first half of this semester. Once you have your evidence of these experiences collected, then you can begin writing the Reflective Overview.

  • Your evidence should be representations of the specific instances discussed in your reflective overview (see below).
  • It is your choice to pick the pieces of evidence, though I highly encourage a wide variety.
  • All evidence must be in a digital format. Scanners are located on the 2nd floor of the Bell Library.

The Reflective Overview (or RO) is a typed, double-spaced document. It is the *ONLY* writing you will do for the portfolio. The RO should contain an introduction, as well as AT LEAST one paragraph for each piece of evidence in your portfolio. (It helps if you speak about your pieces of evidence in the order that you've arranged them in your portfolio.)

  • For each piece of evidence, you should explain what it is and then argue why/how you think it represents your transition into a college student. Make sure to include all of the following components in your discussion of the evidence:
    • What exactly is the evidence?
    • How is the piece of evidence proof of your learning? (In other words, what's the "story" behind the evidence?)
    • Which Habit(s) of Mind/learning outcome has this experience helped you develop/practice and why?
  • Your RO should end with a conclusion that ties everything together and reflects on your development as a student thus far based on the evidence you've collected.

Key Logistics for the Mid-Term Portfolio:

  • If you are having trouble getting started, you may refer to the learning outcomes (listed below) as well as your own personal goals to direct you when composing your Reflective Overview and compiling your Evidence.
  • I will grade the Portfolio. It counts for 15% of your overall course grade.
  • Due Date/Time: Sunday October 16th @ 11:59pm
  • Submission: via OneDrive
    • Within your individual shared OneDrive folder, please create a new subfolder for all of your documents. Use the folder name format: Last,First_MidTermPortfolio
    • Please take care with your naming system for documents related to the portfolio. I highly encourage coming up with a system within your Mid-Term Portfolio folder that will be easy for me to navigate.
    • All documents should be in standard file formats supported by Office365 (.doc, .docx, .pdf, .jpg, etc.).

For Your Reference: Learning Outcome Excerpts from the syllabus

Student Learning Outcomes

  • 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.
  • Take personal responsibility and become a self-directed college learner.
  • Collaborate effectively as both a leader and follower.

Dyad G Specific Learning Outcomes for Geology & Environmental Science Majors

  • Read and comprehend scientific articles, reports, and books.
  • Understand the role and purpose of different forms of academic literature.
  • Evaluate the scientific accuracy of claims made in literature.
  • Understand scientific methodology.
  • Demonstrate comprehension of concepts through writing.
  • Effectively use library tools to research topics.
  • Develop awareness of one’s present and future role in the geology & environmental science professions.

For Your Reference: Habits of Mind


Go to the Writing Center for Help on your Portfolio! - http://casa.tamucc.edu/wc.php

  • Make sure to submit proof - get a slip of paper from the Writing Center staff showing you worked with a consultant.