The Reflective Portfolio

Good morning, everyone!

Congratulations, everyone, on your presentations the past two weeks.  You all did an amazing job and should be proud of yourselves.

So without further ado, I present to you the final assignment in this course–the Reflection Essay.


What is it?

When all is said and done, your education is about you: the things you research, the thoughts you express, and what pursuits you take value in are all contributive to your own learning experience that cannot be compared with any other.  An integral part of learning to write, and in learning to write in cyberspace, is to learn by writing, coding, composing, and making.  It is also important to write about that writing–explore your process, your effort, and your approach to the craft.  

This reflective essay is an opportunity for you to explore you as a digital writer–in particular, yourself within the context of this course.  This essay should demonstrate and reflect upon your work in online writing as a process, rather than entirely for a product.


A thorough reflection may include:

  • A description of your online writing habits and processes.
  • How have these habits changed or developed?
  • Your effort on drafting, developing and revising your content.
  • Write about your process through each major project–the Multimodal Essay, the Storyteller project, and the Blog.
  • Which techniques were helpful, and which were not helpful to your writing process?
  • How has your digital writing in this course differ from your past traditional writing/writing process?  What can you do now that you could not do or did not know how to do before?
  • What was new or challenging for you?  
  • How might you incorporate what you learned in this course into your personal or professional life moving onward?


How long should it be?

  • Your reflective essay should be at least 2 pages long (no maximum). Please share through Google Docs. 
  • Feel free to include any multimodal components that you wish.
  • Please include the links to all projects (Multimodal Essay, Storyteller Project, and Blog) worked on this semester in the document, either by inserting them at the top or hyperlinking text in your essay.  This will count as a final “portfolio” of all of your work in one place.



5/3, 5/6: Workshop Days.

5/10: No class due to Monday exam schedule.

Due Date: May 13th.



Guidelines on Site Presentations

  1. Your Multimodal Essay will be due on April 19th at the beginning of class and your Storyteller group project will be due on the 26th at the beginning of class, whether or not you are scheduled to present that day.
  2. Arrive on time.  We will begin presentations promptly at 9:40am and you will be expected to be ready to present at your scheduled slot. Even if you are not scheduled to present that day, arriving late will be distracting to those who are presenting.
  3. Plan to present for about 8-10 minutes.  2-5 minutes should be reserved for setup, take-down, and responding to peer questions/feedback, for a total of 15(ish) minutes.  Because of the size of our class especially, there is no need to rush.  We will make the time to give each piece the attention it deserves.
  4. Plan accordingly with your equipment needs.  Our classroom has a projector and a computer with an internet connection, which should be suitable enough for our needs.  If you will be using your own computer or hookups to present additional visual aids, it is your responsibility to make sure you have the compatible cords to do so.   
  5. Be attentive in your role as an audience.  You will have the link to your classmate’s site while they present, and will therefore be able to “click” through and have your own experience of their site in tandem with their walkthrough if you desire.  Remember that your peers who are presenting will also at one point be your audience as well.  Be respectful and engaged when others are presenting, and don’t be afraid to give feedback and ask questions!
  6. Each group member in the Storyteller Project should have a crucial role in presentation.  As each member of your groups have worked hard to create your digital story, each should have a role in presenting a part of your story.  
  7. Relax and have fun with this.  These presentations do fulfill a crucial requirement for the course, but more importantly they are a celebration of your achievements in this class and all you have learned.  Additionally, we are a class that is very supportive of each other. You have worked so hard on these multimodal pieces.  Be proud!

3.29: On Effective Design


Today we took a look at some examples of effectively (and some ineffectively) designed websites, and what made them so.  Here is a list of components that we generated that make up an effectively designed site:

  • Clear, organized design
  • Color scheme (visually friendly, as well as representative of content)
  • Clear Navigation
  • Active, updated content
  • Social Integration
  • Easy to remember URL
  • Memorable branding
  • Browser Compatibility
  • Functionality (live, clickable links to updated content
  • Stock Images and Original Content

On Friday, we’ll have open workshop.

See you then!

3.22: Including A&V in your Multimodal Projects


Creative Commons (Public Domain) Sound Clips:

App for Recording and Sharing Sounds:

Web-Based Audio Editing:

Open Source Audio Editing:

Open-Source Screen-Capture and Screencast Software:

There is also a plethora of free video editing software available, which could be useful for some of your projects in particular.  I will be looking to them in further depth, but if you are using a video component, most computers come with default software such as Movie Maker and iMovie that are just as effective.

We will not meet on Friday due to the campus being closed.  For Tuesday, you have a small homework assignment:

Select one website that you visit that you consider a favorite, or the easiest to access and use.  Be sure to have the link ready to share in class on Tuesday, as well as keep these questions in mind:

  • Who is the intended audience of the website?
  • What is the intended purpose of the website?
  • What mediums are used? (Sound, image, video, text, etc)
  • How is it visited most (through browser or mobile)?
  • What design elements make it accessible or user-friendly?





Creating and Editing Your Own Images, Easy (and Free)

Good morning everyone,

Today we went over a brief list of free open-sourced software that you can utilize to create and edit your own images for your project.

These will also be added to the Resource page for easy access.

Giphy (Gif Creator)

Image Editor (Web Based)

Image Editor (Open Source)

Search for Public Domain Images

Browse Other Helpful Free/Open Source/Web Based Software:

File Conversion:

No class today

Good morning everyone!

I hope you’ve had a rejuvenating break.  I am a feeling a bit under weather today, so unfortunately we will not be meeting in person this morning.  On Friday, I will go over the implementation of images and other visuals as well as give you time to workshop your projects.  Please don’t hesitate to connect with me online if you have any questions!
See you Friday!

Bonus Post: On Group Projects and Platforms


This just in!

Jessica pointed out a great website platform that Group 3 will be using for their Murder Mystery project called Weebly.

Weebly is a platform that is similar to Wix with the added benefit of collaborative editing!  This might be an optimal choice for your projects.

Over the weekend, take a look at the platform and discuss this with your group mates–I will research the site over the weekend and give a short tutorial on Tuesday.

Thanks Jessica! 🙂