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ENG 101 Credit by Exam
Who is Eligible
All Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (BUP) students are required to complete English 101, “Foundations of College Writing.” Incoming freshmen and transfer students whose high school grades indicate that they may be able to earn credit for English 101 by completing a portfolio examination receive a letter from the English Department inviting them to take the Credit by Exam for English 101.
The Portfolio Exam
To enable us to perform a comprehensive assessment of students’ competencies as writers, our portfolio exam process requires students to submit three texts to a drop box in a BUP Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT) account. Upon registration, you will receive an email at your new BUP email address (@huskies.bloomu.edu) inviting you to our BUP Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT) account for the ENG 101 CBE.
Below are the steps in completing your portfolio
1. Annotate an Essay
Students examine our learning objectives for English 101 (see below) and then carefully annotate a text they have already written (usually something submitted for a high school assignment) to explain to two members of the English department how specific aspects of that text demonstrate the student’s accomplishment toward a particular learning outcome for our course. Students will then electronically submit the annotated text to the “Annotated Essay” dropbox in BOLT. Students who have demonstrated clear understanding the learning objectives for the course and have then carefully annotated their texts historically perform better on the Credit by Exam. It is not necessary for a single text to demonstrate accomplishment toward all four of the learning objectives, but students should carefully consider which text to annotate and choose one that can best demonstrate their accomplishments related to several learning objectives.
2. Write a Prompted Essay
A few texts and a writing prompt will be made available online in a BOLT account. Students will read and carefully consider the texts provided and then submit a thoughtful and carefully composed and edited essay responding to that material. Prior to coming to campus to write the final text for their portfolios, student must submit to the BOLT dropbox an essay revealing strong comprehension of and engagement with the reading material provided. The essay should cite significantly from several of the texts provided and respond insightfully to the prompt.
3. Come to Campus to Write a Timed Essay
After submitting the first two texts, students will come to the BUP campus on the date for which they registered (see below) to complete a two-hour timed essay that they will also submit to the BOLT dropbox to complete their portfolios. When you come to campus, you will need to know your login ID and password to complete your Credit by Exam portfolio.
THE ANNOTATED & PROMPTED ESSAYS MUST BE SUBMITTED PRIOR TO COMING TO CAMPUS TO COMPLETE THE PORTFOLIO
Learning Objectives for English 101
The English department has established four student learning objectives for students who take our English 101 “Foundations of College Writing” course. Our goal is to help students think of themselves as composers and provide the foundation necessary for them to function independently. We strive to help students who complete English 101 to be able to
Objective 1 - Compose differently for particular audiences, purposes, and genres
Composing effectively requires that writers understand how to take into account the relationships among genres, audiences, and purposes and how these relationships impact their choices as writers. The choice of genres writers use to communicate their ideas comes with audience expectations that all writers must manage as they attempt to persuade, inform, understand, transform, etc.
Objective 2 - Read, interpret, select, and use evidence critically to support arguments
In college contexts, writers must situate their ideas within current conversations and previously held ideas. Successful writers, therefore, must comprehend and evaluate what others have said about issues about which they will write. Responding to the work of others and using others’ ideas to support our work carries with it an ethically responsibility to represent these ideas fairly and accurately.
Objective 3 - Describe and apply appropriate writing processes, both individual and collaborative
Writing is the result of complex processes and requires revision. Both the creation and revision of texts can and often does happen collaboratively. Successful writers must learn to look at their compositions for ways in which these texts can change and grow in light of new information.
Objective 4 - Compose in multiple modes and media
College writing does not take place exclusively on the written page or with alphabetic text. Sound, image, video, color and a wide range of modes help make writers critical designers of texts for others. Composing also takes place in digital environments or in spaces that are not necessarily connected with the page. Successful writers should develop an awareness and practice with the modes and media available to them.
Two members of the English Department will read each portfolio to determine whether or not a student will receive 3 credits for English 101. (If the two faculty members disagree, the portfolio goes to a third member of the English Department to determine proficiency and credit.) Students will be notified of their results within a few weeks of completing their portfolios.
In compiling your portfolio, it may or may not be possible to demonstrate having met all of our learning objectives. Our readers will evaluate your work to determine whether, based on your texts and your discussion of the learning objectives, we feel you could write successfully in your future coursework without taking our course, or whether you might be best served by taking our course. Keep in mind that English101 is not a remedial course. From several students who attempted and did not earn Credit by Exam for English 101, we have heard that they were glad to have taken the course because they benefitted from it as writers, and it helped to prepare them for their other coursework.
AP Examination credit
Students who pass our portfolio exam are given three college credits for English 101; students who do not pass will schedule English for themselves. Students who have taken one of the official Advanced Placement (AP) Exams in English should still consider taking our portfolio exam: Students who pass the AP Language/Composition Exam or AP Literature/Composition Exam with a 3 or higher and then also pass our portfolio exam will earn credit for English 101 and then three additional English credits. A maximum of six credits are possible for the AP exams and our portfolio exam.
Questions about the exam should be directed to Dr. Ted Roggenbuck (email@example.com) in the English Department. Additional contact information is provided in the top right section of this web page.
THE $30 REGISTRATION FEE WILL BE ADDED TO YOUR BILL FROM BUP AND IS NONREFUNDABLE.
THE ANNOTATED & PROMPTED ESSAYS MUST BE SUBMITTED PRIOR TO COMING TO CAMPUS TO COMPLETE THE PORTFOLIO.
YOU WILL NEED TO KNOW YOUR LOGIN ID AND PASSWORD AND HAVE WITH YOU A PHOTO ID TO COMPLETE YOUR PORTFOLIO.