The purpose of this assignment is to reflect on the work you have done for the course in terms of the major goals of the course (or, as they are headed in the course syllabus, the Course Strands) with the overall goal of demonstrating what and how you have learned over the 15 weeks of the semester. The Course Stands are:
Students will gain greater familiarity the theories and practices relating to the use of multiple modes in the construction of texts.
Students will gain greater familiarity the theories and practices relating to visual constructions of meaning. [In other words, semiotics.]
Critical Reading, Thinking, and Writing
Students will develop their ability to read judiciously, think about, filter information about, and write about texts in a variety of genres and media.
Students will learn about and will use contemporary communication technologies in a variety of settings.
Students will develop their ability to work collaboratively in a variety of in- and out-of-class activities and settings.
Your statement should be broken into headings by Course Strand. You do not need an intro, thesis, conclusion, etc.
The work you discuss in the statement can include blog posts, discussion leads, projects completed, drafts of completed projects, notes taken during class, annotations written in the text, and so on. In other words, the definition of “work” is much broader than you might normally consider. It does not have to be from a formal assignment, nor dies it have to be a final draft (indeed, if you are trying to make the case that you have improved, discussing changes from one draft to the next could be useful). Use clear examples (you can quote from your own work) and be specific in your discussions.
In addition, under the heading “Thoughts on Writing,” I’d like you to consider how what we have learned has affected your understanding of writing, overall.
Page length: 4 – 6 pages, double spaced, Times New Roman, font size 12, 1″ margins all around.
Due date: Thursday, May 6, by 11:00pm. Email your reflection to BW.
Note: Up to 10 points extra credit will be given to students whose reflection is multimodal. If you decide to go this route your reflection will no doubt be in a format different than above. Contact me ahead of time so we can discuss what you have in mind. Due to the additional time to compose such a reflection, your due date will be Monday, May 10 by 11:00pm.