Mid-Semester Reflection


This assignment allows you to reflect on what you’ve learned so far in the course and also offers your instructor valuable feedback regarding how the course is running. 


Reflection is a purposeful activity in which you analyze experiences and your creative practice, skills, and responses to challenges to learn and improve.

“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 to 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 it;
  • 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 valuable, 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.


Answer the following questions using bold phrases has section headings (do not include any text from the original prompts in your response):

  1. How has this course changed the way you approach consuming and creating media? Explain how (or why not) with a specific example.
  2. What are the most challenging aspects of the course so far, and why do you think they are challenging? Provide a specific example.
  3. What are the most manageable parts of this course so far, and why do you think you find them more manageable than others? Provide a specific example.
  4. What have you learned completing the coursework to date? What do you still need to learn to be ready for the second half of the semester?
  5. Is there any aspect of this course you would like to change? Please describe and include a suggestion for how to improve the aspect of the course you would like to change.

Deliverable specifications

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.


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.