INSTRUCTOR GUIDELINES FOR THE ENGLISH MAJOR EXIT PORTFOLIO

IMPORTANT REMINDER: English Majors beginning with the 2018-2019 catalog year must complete an English Major Exit Portfolio in order to graduate. Students in prior catalog years will not need to complete an exit portfolio.

What is the English Major Exit Portfolio?

As students take courses in the English Major Core, they will do the following for each class:

  1. Select an artifact (see below).
  2. Upload it to Taskstream.
  3. Complete an artifact reflection.

We recommend that students complete these steps at the end of each semester for each course in the core. Students will receive additional information from Taskstream about accessing their accounts.

What courses are included the English Major Core?

Instructors teaching in the core are responsible for ensuring that English Majors are informed about the portfolio requirement. 

The English Major Core includes these courses:

ENG 300 Introduction to English Studies
ENG 311 Critical Theory
ENG 330, 331, 332, or 336 (Language and Linguistics)
ENG 301 or 302 (Literary Studies)
ENG 313 or 333 (Writing and Rhetoric Studies)
ENG 305 or 335 (Creative Writing or Professional and Technical Writing) 

ENG 413 (Capstone Research Project *for W/R and Lit Emphasis Majors only)

How do I incorporate the English Major Exit Portfolio into my course? 

Refer English Majors to English Major Core Learning Outcomes

When students upload artifacts to Taskstream, they will be asked to reflect on program learning outcomes for the English Major Core. 

ENGLISH MAJOR CORE LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students successfully completing the English Major Core will be better able to

  1. Identify and investigate enduring questions, concepts, and theories relevant to English Studies.
  2. Analyze, interpret, and critique a variety of texts and media.
  3. Situate diverse authors and genres within and across cultural contexts.
  4. Describe and analyze how language works socially, historically, and systematically.
  5. Use individual and collaborative writing processes to create effective texts in a range of genres.
  6. Articulate how English Studies applies to their personal, professional, and civic lives.
  7. Engage ethically with communities and audiences both inside and outside the university.

Recommend an Artifact for the Exit Portfolio

For each class you teach in the core, identify an artifact (or range of artifacts) that you recommend that students upload to their portfolios. Genres for artifacts may include the following: 

  • Disciplinary Research & Scholarship (e.g., critiques, research projects, academic essays, proposals, literature reviews, ethnographies) 
  • Professional & Technical Writing (e.g., reports, letters, memos, social media, multimodal projects, grants, brochures, website content)
  • Creative Writing (e.g.,  personal essays, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, screenplays)
  • Journalism (e.g., feature articles, columns, editorials, reviews, blogs)

Remind Students to Upload an Artifact from Your Class

English majors will receive periodic emails from Department reminding them to upload artifacts from the courses they’re taking in the English Major Core, but students will require additional reminders from you throughout the semester. For more information about how students will be uploading artifacts, refer to the Exit Portfolio page.

Add Language to Your Syllabus for Future Classes

"If you are majoring in English, you will need to complete an exit portfolio in order to graduate. Your exit portfolio will include work you have completed in the English Major Core. ENG ____ is part of the English Major Core. By the end of this semester you will upload one artifact from this class to your English Major Exit Portfolio to Taskstream. Talk to your instructor if you have questions about which course artifacts to upload to your exit portfolio. Artifacts, which are examples of work you complete for a class, ideally represent evidence of your progress toward course goals. If you have questions about the English Major Exit Portfolio, please visit this page: https://www.uwlax.edu/english/advising-overview/exit-portfolio/"