MODULE 11 (July 30 – Aug 5)
Congratulations! You are in the home stretch. Now that you have completed your Buddy Check, it is time to start getting ready for your exhibition. This is a synchronous online meeting (meaning that everyone in the meeting will be online at the same time) to discuss your portfolio and several classmates’ portfolios. This will be the last round of feedback before you submit your portfolio for final grading.
The Module 11 video will talk you through the key points of your exhibition and show a sample exhibition so you know what to expect. This video should help you to prepare, and we think it is worth taking the extra time to check out.
1️⃣ 📌 Read about exhibitions
Details about the Final Exhibition
In the exhibition, four students and an instructor (these numbers may change in some scenarios) meet in the Capstone Coffeehouse, where you completed your Tech Check. During the 90-minute exhibition, everyone will have a chance to present various parts of their portfolio and provide feedback to others.
Our exhibitions are based on the design studio concept, which is an opportunity to come together and share the work that you have done, allowing us all to celebrate your accomplishments. Additionally, this offers a last round of feedback before you submit your portfolio to be graded.
As you will read, you will select two pages to share, and your instructor will select a third. We have heard in the past that it would be helpful if those pages were shared with everyone beforehand, so we thought we would offer our rationale for doing it this way: We see exhibitions most valuable conversations, not necessarily presentations. Everyone will have looked through all exhibition members’ portfolios and we don’t want this to feel scripted or overwhelming—we trust that everyone will have feedback and comments to give. By keeping things a little more flexible, we also hope to encourage people to “re-see” pages and share their reactions.
Why Meet Synchronously?
We find that using the Coffeehouse to meet synchronously online allows for issues to be addressed that might not otherwise come up in Flipgrid, D2L, email, or other means of communication. We also hope that you will enjoy getting to talk and share with your classmates while actually seeing them.
In the online format, we have found that having three to four students in a meeting allows for the best quality of interaction and exchange of ideas without needing many hours of your time. Having three to four more sets of eyes (two to three of your classmates and your instructor) help you look at your portfolio will hopefully give you a chance to address any lingering issues and get a range of opinions for future directions.
Where do I go for my Exhibition
Exhibitions are held in the Capstone Coffeehouse. You can get there via the clicking the “coffee” icon on the menu bar at the top of this site. Note that this is the same way you joined office hours and/or completed the Tech Check.
What is the Password?
The password is the same as it is for Flipgrid and for the Coffeehouse during a Tech Check. This password has been sent via email a few times throughout the course. Contact us if you can’t find it in your email.
When should I show up?
Join the Coffeehouse at least 5-10 minutes before your scheduled start time to make sure that you are able to connect and that everything is working fine. One reason we require the Tech Check is to ensure that you had the opportunity to download Zoom and get familiar with the Coffeehouse prior to the exhibition; in that same spirit, it’s a good idea to double check and make sure things are working smoothly before the Exhibition officially starts.
- If you haven’t completed your Tech Check, you should read about it here and then try to join the Coffeehouse to test it out (it’s not the same without someone on the other end, but it’s a start).
- If you do experience any trouble getting into the Coffeehouse, please check the “Troubleshooting” section of this page.
What Happens During the Exhibition?
For a full answer, please check out our video showing you what an exhibition looks like. In short, the exhibition will last approximately 90 minutes, and will be structured as follows:
- Introduction, overview, and instructions by the instructor (5-10 minutes)
Portfolio exhibition—each presenter will take around 15 minutes to present their portfolio to the Coffeehouse attendees, including:
- A brief introduction to you and your portfolio, including a statement about your intended audience for this portfolio (1-2 minutes)
- A walkthrough and talkthrough of the page you are most proud of, with the reasons why you are proud of it (2-3 minutes)
- A walkthrough and talkthrough of the page you would like the most feedback or help thinking about, and the reasons why you would like some feedback or help (3-5 minutes)
- The instructor will pick a page for you to talk and walk through (3-5 minutes)
- Wrap up from instructor, congratulations, and any questions (5-10 minutes)
You can also check out our conversation starters page to think about how to frame some of the topics you’ll be discussing. This page also has testimonials from students who have already gone through exhibitions in previous semesters and can reassure you it’s not too bad.
If you are having troubling getting to the coffeehouse, please consider the following strategies (and don’t hesitate to get in touch if these don’t work!):
- Try accessing the Coffeehouse from a different browser than the one you usually use.
- Rather than joining the Coffeehouse from the course website, try opening Zoom and entering the following meeting ID: 876 840 4982.
- See if you can access another Zoom room (here’s one to try: https://msu.zoom.us/my/sfkoffice). If this works, try going back to the Capstone Coffeehouse.
- Try downloading the Zoom app to a tablet or phone and joining from there.
Here are a few additional tips for what to do in the case of temporary disconnection or other problems before or during the exhibition.
- A successful exhibition is built on communication between all involved. If something goes wrong for you at the scheduled time of the exhibition (such as your computer crashes, power goes out, etc.), please contact us right away. In the rare event that you are unable to contact us during the exhibition, contact us as soon as you are able. We will give you an alternate assignment to complete that requires as much (or more) effort to complete as the exhibition.
- Please note that getting temporarily “kicked out” of the Coffeehouse during the exhibition does occasionally happen. If this happens to you, simply log back in again and, again, contact us with any questions.
2️⃣ 📌 Verify your time and review ALL portfolios
Verify Your Time – Make sure you know what time you signed up for during Module 9. Check the schedule document. Remember that these times are all Eastern time. Please take care if you live or are traveling outside of Eastern time.
Review All Portfolios – You should spend some time familiarizing yourself with every portfolio in your exhibition. Although it’s definitely a bonus that you will have examined two in-depth for your buddies, you should spend time looking at the remaining portfolio (if you are in an exhibition with four people) and make sure that you have some suggestions that expand beyond what you offered for Buddy Checks.
3️⃣ 📌 Join your exhibition
4️⃣ 📌 Reflect on Flipgrid
5️⃣ 📌 Your Third Piece of Flair is due
6️⃣ 📌 Self-assess your participation
Each assignment in this course is important for developing your abilities to design and implement your portfolio. There are 100 total points assigned in this course; the specific assignments in this module will count towards your grade as follows:
- (4 points) – Exhibition – Up to four points will be given for timely arrival and thorough participation in the entire exhibition.
- (up to 5 points) – The quality of your video reflections and video feedback is self-assessed. You will give yourself between 0 and 5 points based upon your performance on Modules 6 through 11 (see assignment above).
🔍 About Pieces of Flair
Pieces of Flair are portfolio components that should add value, personality, and diversity to your portfolio. There are a few things to keep in mind about Pieces of Flair.
- Number of Pieces of Flair Required – Every portfolio is required to add a minimum of three Pieces of Flair to their portfolio before the end of the semester (not 15 or 37!). Please keep in mind that there is a level of effort and quality that we expect to accompany a Piece of Flair. You can read more about what does / can qualify in the final bullet point, below.
- How to Choose – Choose the Pieces of Flair that make the most sense for your portfolio, keeping in mind your intended audience and how you’ll want to use your portfolio after the end of this course. Do NOT simply choose to do the Pieces of Flair that look the easiest to complete. Please also keep in mind that your three Flair pages should be new creations, not something that already exists (e.g., an existing LinkedIn, blog, or About.Me online business card).
- Extra Credit is Available – Up to five extra points can be obtained in the course by making Pieces of Flair beyond the minimum number. Points awarded this way depend upon the number and quality of extra Pieces of Flair completed. If you complete extra Pieces of Flair, please post them to the same place in Flipgrid where you posted your third Piece of Flair (see below for link).
- Due Dates & Grading – We recommend the following timing to stay on track with Pieces of Flair. While there are not late penalties associated with Pieces of Flair, it is in your best interest to try to stick to this schedule in order to stay on pace to successfully complete the course. When you complete a Piece of Flair, you will let us (and your classmates!) know by posting to one of three special Flipgrids:
Like every Flipgrid posting, after you post your video reflection, make sure you reply to two others who have posted a piece of flair on the same Flipgrid.
- Grading Pieces of Flair – We do not assess Pieces of Flair as they come in. However, like the rest of your portfolio, we assume that they are works in progress, and we don’t want to interrupt that progress by putting a number on it. We’ll take a look at your Pieces of Flair when we do mid-semester feedback, but even then you won’t see any points for your Pieces of Flair until the end of the semester.
- Pre-Approved Pieces of Flair vs. Making your Own – We have organized the Pieces of Flair into some broad categories. Make sure you scroll to see all the Pieces of Flair available to you, and click on the titles or icons to read more about the Piece of Flair and associated expectations.
Pre-approved Professional Presence Pieces of Flair
|Professional Online Identity – Unlike most social networks, LinkedIn is dedicated to the world of work. That doesn’t mean that you can’t post the results to your latest Buzzfeed quiz, but it will look a little bit out of place next to the job recommendations and professional advice that everyone else is posting. A carefully-crafted LinkedIn profile can serve as an easy way to connect with other professionals in your field and to let potential employers find and learn about you.|
|Online Business Card – If LinkedIn is an online resumé, think of about.me as your online business card. This site allows you to craft a succinct, attractive, and memorable homepage that you can use to link to the rest of your Web presence.|
|About Me Page – A well-crafted About Me page on your portfolio can give your readers a concise and clear image of who you are as a professional. This page can also allow you to show off your personal side, family, hobbies, or talents.|
|Active Blog – Your professional presence could be strengthened by expressing your ideas with the world through a blog. Blogs do not need to be about one specific topic; they can be places to generate and share ideas, update others on accomplishments, and to keep track of attendance at conferences and professional development opportunities.|
Pre-Approved Classroom Teaching and Practice Pieces of Flair
|Gallery of Student Work – Few things can tell your story as an educator better than the voices of your students as evidenced in their work. If you’re a classroom teacher, consider adding a gallery that showcases the work that your students do. This is one way your portfolio may help connect you to parents, fellow teachers, and even administrators.|
|About My Classroom – Almost everyone will have an “About Me” page on their portfolio, but not everyone will have an “About My Classroom” page. Now is your chance to make one! The goal of this page is to convey to parents, fellow teachers, and prospective employers what your classroom looks like in theory and in practice.|
|Teaching Philosophy – Developing a written teaching philosophy provides a wonderful opportunity to reflect on your teaching values, beliefs, and goals. A teaching philosophy is a vehicle to communicate your educational beliefs and standards to a wider audience in a compelling manner.|
|Gallery of Links – One of the ways you can be an effective teacher is to help direct students to high-quality resources to supplement their learning. In creating a gallery of links, you create a library of “teacher-approved” websites for your students (or their parents) to use for self-directed, lifelong learning.|
Pre-Approved Employment / Career Seeking Pieces of Flair
|Cover Letter – A cover letter showcases your ability to communicate skill sets and experiences you have that qualify you for a certain job. Whether you are looking at a particular job or would just like to have a sample cover letter ready to be tweaked when another opportunity comes around, writing a cover letter is a good exercise that will allow you to apply for a job you have in mind or reflect on what jobs you might like to have in the future.|
|Professional Development Transcript – If you work in education, you’ve likely participated in a variety of different programs and certifications through training days and choice learning. Since there is not always a convenient place to list these on your resumé, consider making a comprehensive document along the lines of the Annotated Transcript that lists and describes your additional achievements and qualifications.|
|Badges – Mozilla Open Badges is a platform that offers a place to demonstrate technical (and other) skills in a single place. You may be interested in earning and displaying badges that serve as digital credentials for your real-world skills and achievements.|