Video Gaming (EL 250)

5 Jan 2006

Portfolio 1 (Draft) 20pts

A compilation of the work you've contributed to the online discussion so far. You should have contributed at least *something* and interacted meaningfully with your peers for every text we have discussed in the course, and that you did at least some of this interaction *before* the daily class discussion period. Your portfolio is the vehicle through which you get credit for your best online contributions.

Please *do not* simply list all of your online contributions. Your task is to select your *best* online contributions, and to sort those contributions into the categories I provide. If you've blogged for me before, this will be nothing new. If you've never blogged for credit before don't worry. I'm deliberately not posting all the details now, because I've learned in the past that giving the details too soon causes everyone unnecessary stress. Once you get a little time to practice blogging, it will all start making a lot more sense.)

The portfolio assignment asks you to collect your best blogging, providing me with the evidence I need in order to evaluate your contributions. To do so, I ask that you provide informative links to those postings, that you sort those links into the categories and subcategories I provide, and that you offer some kind of narrative or analysis that helps me understand what you feel you have contributed to, and what you feel you are getting out of, the online discussion.

Here are some examples of top-notch portfolio pages that students have submitted in other classes.

Chris Ulicne

Jason Pugh
Nancy Gregg

Portfolio Requirements

Three sections, of equal weight.


"Coverage" is your way of making sure you get credit for work that I might not have noticed in the flurry of blog postings.

Depth is your opportunity to point out those entries which showcase your ability to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate -- higher-order critical thinking skills that move far beyond summarizing and repeating "the right answer."

Interaction is where you showcase your willingness to engage thoughtfully and respectfully with the ideas your peers present.

Coverage: Readings and Discussions

Coverage: Readings

Links to your best contributions on each of the assigned texts for the first week of class. For most of these, it's okay if your best contribution is a comment posted to the course blog or a peer's blog.

You can find a list of all the assigned readings.

Coverage: Discussions

When including Movie-related work in your portfolio, make sure that you prominently list the four movies that you chose to focus on (out of the list of 10 that are part of the syllabus) and link to your best contributions in each.


Longer entries, featuring links to outside sources, assigned readings, your own thoughtful presentation of relevant experiences, and/or integration of previous class topics. Entries that fall under the final R of the RRRR sequence -- the "Reflection" -- would be fine here.


I consider two different kinds of useful interaction.

"Discussion" is a useful participation responding to prompts that I provide, or to engage productively with those who leave comments on your own blog entries. This is useful, but somewhat passive, in that you are mostly reacting to ideas that others throw your way.

"Xenoblogging" -- a term that I made up -- means the work that you do to support the blogging done by your peers. Few people find blogging rewarding if they feel that nobody is reading and reacting to what they wrote. That's why I devised the RRRR To help students figure out what I mean by this, I cooked up a quick taxonomy:

  • "comment primo" (which launches a discussion on someone else's blog)
  • the "comment grande" (a long comment posted on a peer blog, which you can then advertise via a cross-blog posting)
  • the "comment informative" (in which a commenter uses his or her particular knowledge in order to flesh out a general or incomplete statement made in a peer's blog entry)
  • the "link gracious" (which draws attention to the source of an idea or to a good conversation happening on someone else's blog)

There are thus several ways to get credit for your blogging. While the "coverage" requirement does involve posting SOMETHING for each assigned reading and discussion, I don't assign word counts or length requirements for any of the items in the portfolios.

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Do we email you our portfolios or do we post them here? How many entries do we have to have in our portfolios?

Posted by: Kayla Lukacs at January 4, 2006 03:17 PM

Kayla, you post your portfolio on your own blog. For now, you can start collecting the URLs of pages where your comments have appeared. I'll have more info in the daily blog update.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at January 4, 2006 03:27 PM

I posted my Portfolio on my blog

Posted by: Kayla Lukacs at January 5, 2006 01:47 AM

I've posted my Portfolio =)

Posted by: Leslie Rodriguez at January 5, 2006 11:02 AM

My life's been basically bland today. More or less nothing seems worth thinking about. My mind is like an empty room. I've more or less been doing nothing to speak of. Not much on my mind recently.

Posted by: Kaka84096 at April 20, 2006 02:23 AM

I haven't gotten anything done recently. I've just been hanging out doing nothing. I haven't been up to anything these days, but it's not important. Today was a total loss.

Posted by: Kaka69885 at April 21, 2006 01:36 PM

I haven't gotten anything done recently. I've just been hanging out doing nothing. I haven't been up to anything these days, but it's not important. Today was a total loss.

Posted by: Kaka24955 at May 9, 2006 08:12 AM

I feel like an empty room, but eh. Nothing seems worth doing. I haven't gotten much done today.

Posted by: Kaka54706 at May 19, 2006 09:06 AM
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