The FYW Student Portfolio
Tunxis Community College Humanities Department is committed to portfolios as a way for students to demonstrate their learning in courses and programs. Students at the College will develop portfolios throughout their career at Tunxis in a variety of modes.
The student portfolio will sometimes be a portfolio in progress and will be organized into final form as a student nears completion of a degree or program. As students accumulate course content appropriate for portfolios from their courses and programs, the portfolio will change, displaying different content as their abilities develop.
The Portfolio in First Year Writing
Students in Composition (ENG*101) are required to make 12 pages of revised and finished writing in the form of printed documents available to reviewers. Students in composition will also compose a cover letter that prepares the reader for the portfolio, argues why and how work meets the course and appropriate General Education abilities, and that reflects upon the learning process.
Students may organize these requirements in the portfolio in a manner they and the professor consider appropriate.
Composition II Students
Students in Composition II (ENG*103) are required to make 15 pages of finished writing in the form of printed documents available to reviewers. This 15 pages must be the sum of three substantive and revised papers, so the page count will likely be higher than 15. For Professor Steve Ersinghaus, students should include RP1, RP2, and one other revised, substantive analysis (for example, Analysis 3) completed in Composition II.
In addition to the 15 pages of revised content, students in Composition II will compose a cover letter that prepares the reader for the portfolio, argues why and how their work meets the course abilities, and that reflects upon the learning process using evidence from the student’s draft and final work.
As with Composition, students may organize these requirements in the portfolio in a manner they and the professor deem appropriate. As of Spring 2017, some faculty in Composition II will require paper portfolios. Others will require the use of electronic portfolio.
Literary Studies Portfolio
Students in literature courses may be required to make x number of papers or other work in the form of linked documents available to reviewers in their Digication portfolios; or the instructor may ask for a set of hard copies of revised work. These papers or other relevant work should represent students’ best effort at revising and rewriting work completed during the semester. Students should create a Section of a portfolio called “Literary Studies.” Each page inside this section should introduce the work being made available with a good summary, covering the nature of the assignment, the subject matter of the work, and perhaps some interesting comment about how the work improved. If an electronic portfolio is not required, then your professor will provide directions for alternatives.
As with Composition, students may organize these requirements in the portfolio in a manner they and the professor deem appropriate. As of Fall 2009 to the present, some faculty in Literature will require paper portfolios. Others will require the use of electronic portfolios.
The Student Portfolio at Tunxis Community College
Students who complete the First Year Writing sequence or Literary Studies successfully may chose to include writing from Composition and Composition II or a Literature course as examples of Satisfactory or Distinguished achievement in Tunxis Community College’s Communication Level 1, Critical Thinking, Information and Technological Literacy, Aesthetic Engagement, and or World Perspectives abilities. These examples of ability may form a portion of a students’ degree completion requirement. Student may chose to include writing from upper division Humanities courses, such as World Literature I and II, as demonstrations of Communication Level 2, which is a discipline-based Communication ability.