FAQs about the Second Year WOC Portfolio

How Can I Learn More About the Requirements?

  • Attend an Info Session on the Second Year WOC Portfolio.
  • Read the catalog description, under Integrative Core.
  • Refer to our website for details www.mountunion.edu/integrative-core, which will have tips and links to necessary forms if you click on the link to the Second Year WOC Portfolio.

Who Has to Complete This Requirement?

  • Students who matriculated in Fall 2012 or later as traditional entering college students (and began with the FYS, even if you came with some credits that transferred in)
  • Transfer students who were new to Mount Union in Fall 2012 or later--see the WOC Dir. for special directions 
  • Honors students who matriculated in Fall 2012 or later--you may submit Honors and regular IC coursework

What Do I Submit?
There are 7 items that you need to submit in order to complete your portfolio.  You must select WOC work from your FYS and the Foundation classes (A, H, N, S) you have taken at Mount Union. The contents are as follows:  

  • 2 pieces of written communication, at least one that uses sources.  You may not submit both pieces of writing from the same class or IC Foundational area (A, H, N, S).
  • 2 pieces of videotaped oral communication, at least one that uses sources; multimedia use is optional. You may not submit both videos from the same class or same IC Foundational area (A, H, N, S). 
  • A Cover Letter that explains the contents of the portfolio.  Tell readers what the assignments were and how you met the expectations for them. Remember that portfolio readers will not have expertise in all areas, so you’ll need to provide some context so that readers can fully understand your work. The Cover Letter should guide readers to see how the portfolio as a whole showcases your best efforts in WOC to date.
  • A Statement of Authenticity, which simply asserts that the work you submit is yours. The form can be found on the main web page describing the Second Year WOC Portfolio; you must enter your name and the date before submitting it.
  • A Completed Consent Form, which gives the student the opportunity to share his or her work as an example for other students, faculty, and other professors.  Consent is optional, and the student’s choice will not factor into the portfolio evaluation; however, the student must complete the form in order for the portfolio to be complete. The form can be found on the main web page describing the Second Year WOC Portfolio.

When Is the Portfolio Due?
By 4 p.m. on the last day of finals in May of the sophomore year.
Students may begin submitting materials to the portfolio template in Taskstream at any time. Students who will be travelling abroad or studying/working elsewhere in the spring semester of their sophomore year may submit their portfolios early--contact the WOC Director for further instructions.

How Do I Submit My Portfolio?
Once you’ve decided which items you want to include in your portfolio, simply submit each to the appropriate location within the Second Year WOC Portfolio portion of the Integrative Core Template on Taskstream.  Please use Google Chrome, as Internet Explorer has a number of fire walls that prevent others from seeing work you submit!  Carefully read the instructions for submitting materials to Taskstream, which can be found on the IT “How To” page.

There are instructions for submitting written work and instructions for submitting videos.  Please pay careful attention to each set of instructions.  The faculty members who will evaluate your portfolio must be able to see your work, so submitting your work correctly is really important.   

How Will I Know My Portfolio Is Complete?
Within a week of submitting all the required materials to Taskstream correctly, you will receive notification confirming the completion of your portfolio.  If you do not get a notice within two weeks of submitting your completed portfolio, contact the WOC Director for confirmation. 

How Do I Write the Cover Letter?
Writing the Cover Letter should come last in your process of completing the portfolio.  Once you’ve decided on the contents, you’ll need to describe for the faculty who will read the portfolios how your portfolio demonstrates an end-of-second-year minimum proficiency, if not more than that. Describe what each assignment was, including what was asked of you and how you met the expectations that were given for the assignment.  Try to help readers, who may not have expertise in one or more areas that your portfolio covers, understand the product they’re reading or watching.  Also, if you choose to select a speaking assignment that was a group project, please include a description of what you are wearing and at what time in the presentation you appear (e.g. 3:15-6:50).  This will help readers find you and assess your part rather than your group members’ work.  When submitting a group presentation, please provide the context for your part--what came before, what comes after, what your role was--so readers can understand what you contributed. In all, the Cover Letter should help readers understand how your portfolio, as a whole, shows your WOC proficiency at this time.

Where Can I Get Help on Writing or Speaking Assignments?
If you want support for developing your writing and/or speaking abilities, make an appointment with a consultant at the Center for Writing and Oral Communication (CWOC), which is in KHIC.  While consultants will not revise or edit for you, they can help you identify areas of weakness or specific problems to address before completing a piece for the portfolio.  The consultants understand the expectations for the Second Year WOC Portfolio, and they can help you become better communicators; however, they are undergraduate students and are not in a position to tell students if a piece will pass or not.

Who’s Going to Read My Portfolio?
A team of faculty members from many academic departments across campus will evaluate the portfolios.  Each faculty member who participates will be familiar with the expectations for written and oral communication at this level, and they will use the WOC Rubrics to assess your portfolio. The expectation is that all students should be able to achieve a score of 2, the minimum proficiency expected at the end of the sophomore year. Each portfolio will receive scores from two readers. Those scores will be combined to form the score for that part of the portfolio. If there is a major discrepancy between the two scores, a third reader will evaluate the portfolio.

What Are the Possible Results?
Students will be given a score for their written work and for their oral work.  Both must be a passing score in order for the portfolio requirement to be complete.  Students can earn a high pass, a pass, or a failing score on the portfolio.  A combined score of 7-8 is needed for a high pass, 4-6 is needed for a pass, and anything under 4 will result in a failing score.

How Will I Get My Results?
Typically, portfolios will be read in mid-May of each year, and students will get an emailed letter with their results by June. Be sure to clean out your email before leaving for the summer so you can receive mail. If you are a student who needs to submit your portfolio during the fall semester because you will not be on campus during the spring semester, you will get your results after the spring semester commences; those results will be emailed by February.

What If I Don’t Pass?
You have two options if you don’t pass the portfolio.  If you think you can submit a better portfolio without any extra support, you may prepare a new portfolio and submit it before the last day of finals during the next semester. If you think you could use some extra support, you should enroll in one or both of the 2-credit classes on revising--one will be to revise written work for the portfolio; the other will be to revise oral presentations for the portfolio. These classes will only be open to students who have submitted and failed a portfolio. Students need to complete the portfolio requirement, which means passing it, prior to enrolling in the Integrative Core Capstone, so if you decide to take one or both of the revising classes, do so during the next semester so you can continue to make progress toward your degree. Details will be given to you in the email with your portfolio results.

 Who Can Answer My Questions?
At any time during the process of developing or submitting the portfolio, or after getting your results, you may contact the WOC Director with questions. The current 2013-2014 WOC Director is Dr. Gwen Gray Schwartz and can be contacted at x3188 or schwargg@mountunion.edu.

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