Portfolio learning is a self-directed, student-centered
process, through which you have the opportunity to talk about yourself,
what you are doing in your program and where you
want to go in life. Each portfolio experience is as unique as you are;
no two are the same!
Although the portfolio experience varies from student to student, at
the most basic level, the process is rather simple: after some
initial discussions in this class, you begin to collect information
yourself. The actual items that you include in your portfolio very
much depend upon you and your career plans.
You will need to include at least the following information:
- A resume
- A clear statement of your career goals
- A list of your skills, especially those related to your program
and your career goals (e.g., "I communicate well with people", "I
take responsibility for my own actions").
- Clear evidence of what you have learned and what you are good
at (i.e., your competence level).
- Appropriate work samples that illustrate what you have learned,
your skills and competence.
- Most importantly, your portfolio should contain a reflective
piece - some narrative (written or otherwise) that demonstrates
of yourself, your degree program, your experience at
MU and your life goals.
Organizing your Portfolio
The most important features about portfolio learning
- YOU! This is about the presentation of your self in everyday
life - as simple and as awesome as that!
- It is a process! Yes, you may produce an individual
binder or a CD, a video or some other medium. But in portfolio
learning the focus is
on the experience - it is on what is happening to you.
- It never ends! For academic reasons, you will have to
complete your portfolio by the end of this semester. However,
portfolio learning never ends - it changes as you change
throughout your life. It is what life-long learning is all about!
- Although it is your portfolio, you cannot live it alone!
This university is fortunate to have
a wonderful pool of people
resources. They are there to help
you, to give advice
and to help you reflect. On
every campus, there are many such people - check them
- It gives you the edge in the marketplace.
We live in an extremely competitive world with many highly
qualified people competing for the same jobs. Employers
are searching for
the best candidates. A diploma or a degree is not
enough, certainly not proof
that a person has the right stuff. A portfolio provides
proof of your skills and abilities, while the experience
to present yourself
in a positive, self-confident manner.
- It is a terrific road to self-development.
- People who have developed portfolios often speak
about the advantage of self-development. As you
organize samples of your
work, articulate your aspirations and career goals,
identify your skills and
abilities and reflect upon your self-worth, you
can use the portfolio to re-examine yourself, track your
recognize your strengths
and weaknesses and identify what you need to do
as you progress in life.
- Portfolio builds self-confidence
- The process of looking at yourself - your abilities
and skills, your competencies and personal
traits, your goals
- builds self-confidence.
It highlights personal worth and reveals
many personal attributes that you were unaware of.
- Identify your learning gaps
- The portfolio process often leads students
to identify not only their
strengths, but also gaps in
their learning from which
generate future goals. Needless
to say, this process of revising and changing
will continue throughout your
another form of life-long learning.
- Real Learning
- Think about how you learn! You
learn formally in the classroom,
shop. You learn
and organizations. You
learn incidentally in your
meetings with people, even at a party, sports
someone - learning takes
place all the
time. However, in our colleges,
universities and schools,
we have concentrated
solely on and given
one form of learning
- formal, where you
are tested for what you
know about a subject. Portfolio learning expands
takes into account
everything that is
happening to you
and gives you credit for