A key piece of work for bioinformatics is a small portfolio of annotated work for the course.
What is a Portfolio?
A typical portfolio consists of a few pieces of student work, selected by the student. The student writes a short narrative for each piece, explaining what the piece demonstrates (or fails to demonstrate). The student also writes an introductory essay that summarizes the content and ideas of the portfolio.
In studying how students use and benefit from their class work, researchers have found that students gain more benefit from the course when they reflect retrospectively on their work in a course and consider how their work and thought processes change throughout a course (or an academic career). At the same time, researchers have found that students too rarely engage in these activities. Portfolios have proven to be a successful mechanism for helping students to reflect on past work and to consider growth.
Preparing to Make a Portfolio
To prepare yourself for creating your Bioinformatics portfolio, you should make sure to keep a copy of all of your work for the course. You may also find it beneficial to keep both ungraded and graded copies of each assignment.
While portfolios are primarily individual work, students should feel free to consult with their colleagues as they prepare the portfolio.
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