Final Reflection
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Overview
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This assignment primarily provides the opportunity to reflect on what you’ve learned in the course and also provides your instructor with qualitative feedback to improve the course. 

Rationale
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Reflection is a purposeful activity in which you analyze experiences and your creative practice, skills, and responses to challenges to learn and improve. This contributes to your metacognitive awareness, enabling you to be more mindful of what you are doing, why, and how your skills and knowledge might be used differently in different situations.

“It is not sufficient to have an experience in order to learn. Without reflecting
on this experience it may quickly be forgotten, or its learning potential lost.”
— Graham Gibbs

By formalizing your reflections, you can demonstrate to yourself and your professor that learning is taking place. This process may involve:

  • Reflecting on your own creative practice;
  • Critical examination of one or more experiences and the way you dealt with them;
  • Evaluating the final project and your role and considering how you might do it better next time;
  • Reflecting on things you have read, viewed, and experienced and making connections between them and your own creative practice.

Reflection is useful even if you have not been given a specific reflective assignment. It helps you to make sense of and learn from your experience. It is a critical component of creative practice.

Questions
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Answer the following questions using the bold phrases below as the section headings in your response; answer each question in a separate paragraph using complete sentences, each set off with its own header; do not include the prompts in your response: 

  1. What are you most proud of as far as this class is concerned?
  2. Where did you encounter the most struggle in this class, and what did you do to deal with it?
  3. What about your thinking, learning, or work in the class brought you the most satisfaction? Why?
  4. What was the most frustrating aspect of the class? How did you deal with that frustration?
  5. What lessons were learned from your work? For each project completed since mid-semester, include a paragraph or two on what you learned completing each of the projects in this class and how you might go about doing similar work differently in the future given what you learned.
  6. What were you most curious about in this class? Did the class satisfy that curiosity? How might you continue to pursue this curiosity?
  7. What along the journey helped learning the most? Provide a specific example and reflect on how it helped you. 
  8. What along the journey hindered learning? Provide a specific example and reflect on how you dealt with it.
  9. Describe how you achieved your personal learning goals for the class.
  10. Explain to what extent you've succeeded in the achievement of learning outcomes for the course.

Deliverable specifications
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Your submission must meet all of the following specifications:

  1. The document begins with a header that includes your name and the name of the class, the date, and the name of the assignment. 
  2. The document responds to the above mentioned questions using bold phrases as section headings without the text from the original prompt appearing in your response.
  3. The document is uploaded as a PDF document (no other formats are acceptable) to Canvas before the deadline in response to the assignment. 
  4. As far as document formatting, consider using 0.75-inch margins and 1.0 to 1.2 line spacing; double spacing is too much; it’s a legacy of the typewriter era, as is underlining (which should be avoided except to indicate web links); use bold or italics instead, except for URLs (since the convention has become to underline them). Some extra spacing between paragraphs is a good idea for improved readability.

Assessment
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This assignment contributes the number of points indicated in Canvas towards your final grade and will be evaluated on a Complete/Incomplete basis. To be considered complete and receive credit, the document must be submitted on time and represent a thoughtful and wholehearted response to the questions outlined herein. If your work on this assignment does not meet the deliverable specifications and completion criteria, you will be asked to submit a revision at the discretion of your instructor, given the importance of reflection as a crucial component of your learning. The complete policy for revisions of work is covered in the syllabus.