Michael L. Goldberg
Focuses on developing a learning and professional portfolio, advancing skills of critical thinking and interdisciplinary synthesis, and honing writing and presentation capacities for appropriate audiences. Stresses collaboration with other graduating students. Prerequisite: BIS 300.
Spring 2014 As you are completing your undergraduate coursework in IAS, you are likely to be thinking about how you got where you are now and about how what you have done will get you where you want to go next. Your portfolio capstone course will allow you to address these questions by providing you with time and a structure within which to reflect on your education and its relation to your future goals. You will step back from the learning you have done in individual courses, focusing on the connections among those courses and the links between your overall academic accomplishments and their diverse contexts, to us as individuals, to our careers, and to our communities. We will meet to share reflections and communicate with one another orally and in writing. BIS 499 is an opportunity for you to share your "best work" with others, to learn from what others have accomplished in the IAS program, and to create a learning and professional portfolio of which you will be proud. That portfolio will include a polished piece of writing that reflects on your learning in IAS as it relates to your future ambitions. The course will conclude with an exhibit-poster session for all graduating IAS students.
IMPORTANT: This course is taught as a hybrid, with about 40% on class time swapped for online time. In exchange for attending class for only one hour on all but three days, you will be required to do peer reviews of your group members' writing online. This will generally take you about an hour per week. This work will usually take place between Monday and class on Wednesday, and is a significant part of the grade, so take the course only if you plan on completing this part of the course conscientiously.
Student learning goals
Understand and apply the IAS Learning Objectives to your past work at UWB and in other settings.
Understand and apply your major's Learning Objectives to your past work at UWB and in other settings.
Clarify your post-graduate plans and create strategies for achieving your goals.
Learn important skills and information to advance your post-graduate goals, including writing of cover letters, "elevator speeches," and short oral presentations.
Create an e-portfolio that represents your accomplishments and academic strengths upon graduation.
Improve your writing, especially in the context of writing to present yourself in professional, advanced academic and/or career contexts.
General method of instruction
Seminar discussion with small group work. Some class time will be replaced with online work (hybrid model).
Students will be MUCH happier and more productive if they come to class having already established their IAS portfolio in Google Sites and have uploaded all of their significant assignments there. Students should also make an attempt to gather all feedback from UWB instructors on their work.
Class assignments and grading
Short essays applying your work to a learning goal, collaborative learning, longer essay synthesizing earlier essays, e-portfolio with your artifacts, essays and other material, "elevator speech." These assignments are consistent with other 499 classes.
Portfolio-based grade on all written work—students will receive individual grades for each assignment but an overall portfolio grade that assesses your final learning outcomes will be assigned at the end, stressing improvement and consistency.