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Traci Gardner, Department of English, Virginia Tech

How Portfolio Feedback Works

How Project Portfolio Feedback WorksThis course is set up so that you are not punished for making mistakes as long as you work to improve throughout the term. You can take risks, and if they don’t work out, you simply revise the project, with no penalty.

In this system, you can loop through the revision process multiple times before your Project Portfolio is accepted. Here’s how that process works:

  1. You upload and submit your project portfolio in Canvas.
  2. I check your project for completion, after the end of the grace period has passed. First, I look at the document you have submitted. If any of the required projects is missing or something is wrong with the file, I mark the portfolio as “Incomplete” in Canvas and return it for revision (more on that below). If everything is included, I move on to the next step.
  3. I examine your project portfolio for document design. I check the appearance of the projects in your portfolio. I consider their first impression, looking for a professional appearance that fits the expectations of the kind of writing. If the document design needs more work, I mark the portfolio as “Incomplete” in Canvas and return it for revision (more below). If the project’s document design is good, I move on to the next step.
  4. I read the projects in your portfolio, comparing the contents to the criteria listed in the rubric. If anything needs more work, I mark the portfolio as “Incomplete” in Canvas and return it for revision (more below). If all aspects of the portfolio meet the criteria in the rubric, I move on to the next step.
  5. I mark your project as “Complete” in Canvas. You receive full credit for the work. Remember that you always receive either full credit or no credit.

Revision Process

Whenever I return your portfolio for revision, I will include feedback, which may be embedded in the project, included as a summary comment, or both.

The revision process that I expect is similar to the process that takes place before you submit your portfolio. The difference is that you have feedback from me to take into consideration. Here’s what you’ll do, once I return your work with feedback:

  1. Use my feedback to revise your work. Occasionally, you may only need to make some simple corrections. It’s more likely that you will need to rethink one or more projects in the portfolio, add or rearrange information, or restructure one or more projects in the portfolio completely.
  2. Ask your writing group for feedback. Tell your group about my comments, and ask them to provide feedback on how well you have responded to my comments. Ask them if they have additional comments as well.
  3. Incorporate everyone’s advice in your revision. Use the information that your writing group has given you to polish your the projects in your portfolio further.
  4. Proofread for spelling and grammar errors. Use your spellchecker to make sure there are no typos or simple errors. Read through the document as well to make sure you find errors that the automated spellchecker misses.
  5. Submit your revision, and the feedback process begins again.


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