In a portfolio, your goal is to reflect on how and why you have grown as a writer through the processes in this project and/or course. The focus will be on your self-evaluation and reflection as a writer and learner.
Components of a Course Portfolio
Most portfolios are made up of two major components:
- The Reflective Cover Letter, and
- All of the work in the project/course compiled in your portfolio site.
Features of a Reflective Cover Letter
Your Reflective Cover Letter is basically a piece of source-based writing, much like a research paper that you might turn in for another class. The research you are conducting, however, is on your own writing and progress, and you are investigating how well you have done this semester and what you still want to work on. You are not required to use any outside sources for this project; your primary resource is your own experience and knowledge of yourself as a growing writer. However, you will want to discuss specific elements from the course as evidence to demonstrate your learning. Consider using the following as evidence of your learning:
- Writing Projects,
- Various Reflection Assignments, and
- Other Homework.
While it doesn’t need to be as formal as a piece of academic writing, you should still follow the conventions of standard English in terms of grammar, usage, and sentence structure. Also, you don’t need to cite your sources, but you should refer to specific assignments when discussing your mastery of these outcomes.
1. Write a Reflective Cover Letter in which you evaluate yourself using the project/course outcomes and your personal course goals as criteria. For each outcome and/or goal discuss:
- what you learned
- where your learning is demonstrated in the project/course
- why and how you still need to grow in that area
- how, when, where and why you might use this information or skill in the future.
Specifically, demonstrate how well you have achieved the outcomes of the project/course, using your own writing as evidence.
Note: Please note, this is not a letter about the class or the instructor. It should evaluate your personal progress with the specific course outcomes.
Tip: If you are developing an electronic/digital portfolio, you might want to use hyperlinks in your reflective cover letter to link to the specific projects and activities you reference in your letter.
2. Share-out: Post a copy of your reflective cover letter (or a link to it) below in the comments thread.