Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Your Portfolio

Below is the format for the traditional IDS portfolio:

Portfolio Requirements
  • Signature sheet
  • Table of Contents
  • Resume
  1. Define interdisciplinarity and explain your answer, illustrating with examples from your own concentration as well as other authors writing on the topic; or discuss why and in what ways you are interdisciplinary, similarly with reference to published authors analyzing interdisciplinarity (medium/a optional). While your own experience will be central to this assignment, external sources must be cited.
  2. Provide
    • (a). An annotated list of 10-20 "matrices of meaning" (e.g., books, articles, films, museum collections) central to understanding your concentration. Proper bibliographic format must be used. Your annotation should indicate both what the item is, what it is about, and why it is important to your concentration. This list should be such that faculty in your concentration would agree that these are central or very important to the field.
    • (b) your reviews or responses to at least three of the items on this list (more would be better if the quality remains high)
    • (a) Describe as many methods of doing interdisciplinary work as you can (at least five), explaining why these methods foster interdisciplinarity
    • (b) Demonstrate that you know how to use three or more.
    • (a) Describe as many transdisciplinarities as you can (at least five)
    • (b) Demonstrate that you know how to use three or more.
  3. Explain your concentration as an interdisciplinary and polymethodic enterprise (check with your advisor if you wish to use a medium other than writing).
  4. Demonstrate skills in the following areas, with a brief explanatory paragraph (in general, samples of coursework will satisfy this requirement, but it is possible for non-class material to do so):
    • a. integration
    • b. research
    • c. speaking
    • d. problem-solving
    • e. collaboration
    • f. ability to create a computer generated presentation that takes advantage of non-text capacities of computers
    • g. use of at least one medium not dependent on writing (dance, music, clay, print-making, video, paint, performance art, etc.). Check with your advisor if you are not sure whether a medium will qualify.
  5. Include your proposal for and evidence of accomplishing a senior project (medium/a optional, but must incorporate a significant written component).
  6. Anything else you wish to include to demonstrate your experience or understanding of interdisciplinarity or your concentration.

Portfolio Signature Sheet

However, there are other options available. You may, after consultation with your IDS advisor, substitute a revised portfolio. In any case, you should begin collecting work from your IDS core classes and courses from your major concentration with an eye towards demonstrating the development of your interdisciplinary work over your college career.

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