Documentation and Output Packets

video documentationThroughout your program, you will be expected to present the documentation of your project(s) in a digital package we call an "output packet", at intervals of approximately eight weeks. After you complete each output packet, you will post it to your ePortfolio, where it will be viewed and reviewed by your peers and advisors. In our model, output packets are the core requirement – equivalent to 'coursework' in conventional programs – and are the basis for the evaluation of your work.

Output packets document two main areas of your work: -

The first is your progress in your projects. This answers questions such as - What approaches have you used? What outcomes have you achieved? What analysis have you done? What research has been useful?

The second is your learning journey. This answers the questions - What have you learned and unlearned? Through what processes?

Although output packets are generally text-based, you are invited to deliver your documentation in mixed media and/or multimedia formats. We actively encourage and assist you to further develop your technical and creative capacities as you proceed. Ultimately, the emphasis is less on the specific form your documentation takes and more on its potential to reveal new ways of thinking that can inform and inspire your future work, and the work of others.

The format/s and style in which you produce your output packets is limited only by your own creativity, but all output packets are built upon the same basic set of elements:

shadia at table with camerasOutput Specification: A basic overview of the output packet and its connection to the learning intentions laid out in your learning design.

Project Specification: An overall description of the project: Who is doing what for whom, where, how, and why? The project goals and visions are included here.

Design Report: This is the main part of the output packet. It includes in-depth documentation of research and action, a description of the design frameworks and methods you have used and reflections on what you have learned, your conclusions, and analysis of next steps.

Outcomes: Evidence of your project's outcomes and effects in the world - an evaluation of your work.

Learning Journal Extracts: Examples of your 'everyday' learning documentation – a journal of your thoughts and reflections throughout your process.

Resource review: A briefly annotated list of resources you have used in your project and the creation of the output packet.

Digiphon: An explanation of the technical aspects of creating the output packet. What software did you use? What digital literacy was required? Did you find any resources particularly useful? Sharing this information contributes to the rapid growth of the entire Gaia U community.

Self- and Peer-Review: You will be both performing a self-review of your work as well as receiving a review from one of your peers. You will also be asked to review an OP produced by one of your peers with every OP you submit. Learning to make realistic assessments of your own work along with giving and receiving thoughtful, respectful and useful feedback are essential skillflexes that you will be practicing throughout your entire tenure at Gaia University.


To explore a rich collection of the various types of OPs created by Gaia University associates please visit our Gallery of OPs.