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ePortfolio Community Profiles: Katie Wozniak
Courses and assignments
Katie has taught using ePortfolios in a variety of SNL writing courses, from Academic Writing for Adults to Professional Writing. In her Academic Writing for Adults course, students draft three essays: expository, analytical, and persuasive. After her students receive her feedback on multiple drafts of each, they create an ePortfolio which not only includes their final drafts but also reflective essays that point to specific evidence of learning that occured throughout the quarter.
Writing and metacommentary
For each week of class, Katie has students write what she calls meta-notes . In these notes, students are asked to reflect upon and question not only their course readings but also their own writing. They are required to discuss at least two concepts from their textbook and how they've applied them in their drafts.
“Writing these metanotes allows them to practice summarizing, keep track of what they’ve learned, and look for places that need improvement. It also produces great discussion in the classroom after first drafts are due and helps me to see if they’re on the right track.”
Reflection and self-assessment
Students are also given plenty of opportunities for reflection and self-assessment. At the start of the quarter, students draft a writing philosophy in which they identify their strengths and weaknesses as writers and discuss what areas of their writing they’d like to improve. At the end of the quarter, they revisit and revise their philosophy statement in light of what they’ve learned in the past 10 weeks of drafting, receiving feedback, and revising. And in their final essays, students must also argue how they’ve achieved competence in academic writing, using examples and experiences in their ePortfolios as evidence.
“I wanted the students' reflections and their philosophy about writing to be the center of attention.”