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The Best Virtual Reality Final Portfolio Essay Ever Created

By: Edward Scott Jenkins

Think about this as a guide to my experience through UWRT 1102 and my ePortfolio. Sounds riveting doesnt it? Well you just wait, lets start with the personal
growth that I experienced throughout the course. I mentioned previously in my MidTerm assignment that the most important key concept is Independent Inquiry and
Curiosity as it directly ties into the quality of the work produced: .this research
has become an assignment with which I can pour passion into. Without this amount
of independent curiosity, Im sure that I wouldnt really enjoy the research part of
this assignment". This concept has changed the way that I will look at future
assignments forever, and as a result it is important to highlight this as a key piece
of my growth in this course.
Another key area if growth is the way I have learned to make more
connections. This can be seen in my Three Column Notes Annotated Bibliography,
as I use 3 main trends to connect all the sources together. My experience in UWRT
1102 has shown me that in order to truly engage the audience, connections and
lines must be drawn that clearly display the authors point. I feel as if this idea can
be applied in just about every academic situation possible. Making Connections is
certainly my second most important Key Concept that I expanded upon this
semester
I also grew in the area of Critical Thinking, and I say this mainly because of
my experience with past assignments. This is the first research paper where I feel
that I have made clear connections between multiple applications/implications of a

topic. This is clearly illustrated in my Three Column Notes Bibliography, where I use
3 colors to represent 3 different trends within the information. Red being the
information that is garnered from the past of VR, Green for the information
pertaining to VRs success in a global market, and Orange for the information which
relates to the literal methods with which VR will change everyday life. In my past
assignments the information was all pertaining to one aspect of an issue/topic. This
time, I have made connections which produce a clear and well informed opinion to
the reader. Whether they disagree or not is another topic of discussion, but with
these connections it is very clear what my opinion is and I also feel that the
connection may help persuade a reader.
So now that weve discussed me, lets discuss some of the things I took away
from others in the course. The first example would be Robert Federle and what he
said in his Mid-Term: I changed my topic question from a what will question into
a what can be done question. This is because in my research I found. This
sentence resonates with me because it shows the thought process that I
experienced when I discovered that I needed to change the way I approached the
topic of Virtual Reality, I decided to focus largely on the past, and discover how I can
make conclusions from the history of Virtual Reality.
Another example would be in Nathaniel Rivers comment on the Atkins
Library: for one I actually used the Atkins library (something I hadnt used
previously). Seeking out new info instead of doing something Im already an
expert(-ish) in. I can connect with this statement because I experience the same
exact feeling when using the services that the library offers to find information. In
the past I never used such an incredible source of well-organized information. I
found gobs and gobs of information on Virtual Reality in the library when I initially

expected to be at a loss for what to search for. This really allowed me to explore the
past of Virtual Reality in an incredibly credible way. Using written text sources to
prove a point, instead of a Wikipedia article.
The third example is a concept that was elaborated on by Ellie Ostler when
she mentioned this in here Reflection: As for the information, I strategized which
piece of information I could best use to convince my audience. This is a concept
that I had to implement as well, since my audience is typically between the ages of
16-50 (and these are tech-savvy individuals as well) then I need information which
will inform but also captivate my audience. In my e-Portfolio I used YouTube videos,
and resources like a TED talk. This will keep my audience captivated long enough to
keep reading. Exactly the way Ellie uses Aristotles appeals to captivate her
audience.
A fourth example is found within the piece: RespondingReally Responding
to Other Students Writing by Richard Straub. Where he says: How to Sound? Not
like a teacher. Not like critic like a friend like a reader. You are a reader. That is
also a topic that we discussed in class quite a bit, and I find that this piece of writing
has certainly impacted the way I will do peer review for the rest of my life. I was
always pretty good at giving advice without sounding to harsh, but this piece of
writing really displays exactly what the purpose of peer review is. I can carry this
knowledge forward and really help others with this as well.
The fifth and final example (but I mean whose counting, right?) comes from
the assignment instructions that was uploaded to Moodle that described the
Traditional Research Essay Topic by Suzanne Ingram. She said: There is no right
way or one specific formula for writing a successful argument, and since were all

working with different variables, we are going to approach our arguments in


different ways. I find this to be incredibly enlightening, as we are told that no topic
has a perfect angle. Instead the argument is focused on what is best based on the
variables that you have, and it also depends on the author. This really shaped the
way I wrote my Traditional Research Paper, and made me focus in on the angle I
should approach from.
Process Artifacts:
1. The first process artifact is the explanation in the changes of my
Three Column Notes Assignment
2. The second process artifact describes the way I changed the
style of the website. Originally it lacked the blogs on the home
page, and the background was a much darker color. This made
reading very difficult, also more navigation was required to get
to the blogs. I changed the organization of the blogs a couple
times and settled with a simple blue background behind the blog
posts. I feel like these changes improved the site quite a bit. I
even embedded the videos throughout the site, improving their
visibility as well.
3. The third process artifact is the way I changed my Traditional
Research Paper, by adding hyperlinks instead of the entire link. I
also included sources for the pictures and added a section on
the other uses of Virtual Reality technologies.
4. The fourth process artifact is the changed that I made to Blog
Post 3 which specifies the needed sources.
Feedback Artifacts:

1. The first feedback artifact is showing how I changed the way the
photos are used in my paper. This was purely based off of
feedback with my peer group conference with Suzanne Ingram.
2. The second feedback artifact is a comment I left on Thachers
Blog Post #1.
Wild Card Artifacts:
1. The first wild card Artifact is my blog that I wrote in UWRT 1101
which described rhetoric and how it is used in the media. This
blog post really helped me learn to appeal to specific audiences,
when it pertains to specific topics. It also relates directly to the
Rhetoric that is used in this class as well.
2. The second wild artifact is the Richard Straub reading which
really aided me in the development of my peer review skills.
Writers Notebook Artifacts:
1. My first writers notebook artifact is the homework that was
assigned before the visit to the librarian. Receiving some
answers to these questions and finding the text sources in the
library really helped shaped my entire e-Portfolio. Such as the
entire discussion on the past of VR coming from text sources.
Showing that this topic has been previously explored, but there
is still much to learn.
2. The second writers notebook artifact is the outline that I made
for my Traditional Research Paper which helped direct me in the
production of the paper. I tend to write these little outlines
before embarking on a writing assignment.

Finally the grade that I feel that I deserve is at least a B, right? I did all the
assignments, and I really tried to make improvements and revise my drafts.
However, I will admit that a lot of my feedback received from others always
reinforced the path I was currently on. I never really felt the need to stray or change
much of what I was doing. I feel the discussion of VR really flowed naturally for me,
and it allowed me to really write what I wanted to write. I also did all 10 artifacts,
and had something physical for each. So thats pretty cool. I didnt really feel the
need to elaborate too much on the artifacts in my Final Portfolio Essay because I
elaborated on them on my artifacts page on the website (albeit by accident). Either
way the grade I receive is neither here nor there, I feel like I grew personally even if
I somehow managed to gain an F from Ms. Ingram. I highly doubt that I made an F
though. Oh and 6 pages on this paper? I mean I dont know, Id have to come up
with a few more lines of something useful to say and I cant really think of anything
else. But were so close
There we go, start a new paragraph and Ms. Ingram I think you having all of
those cats is fine. I have dogs and I love them to death, so dont let anyone
discourage you in your ownership of adorable animals. I dont know why, you would

get evaluations that say otherwise. Perhaps those people have never seen those

adorable eyes.
I mean look at that, that is just adorable. The internet is really just amazing
with all of these cat photos at our fingertips, but soon we will have Virtual Reality
kittens. Well there we go, we made it onto the sixth page. I think I can conclude this
now.