My Learning & Class Portfolio
"It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education."
(attributed to Albert Einstein)
"Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end.
But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."
What is a "Learning Portfolio" and what are its functions?
A representative or selective collection of one's
work [in a student's case, usually drawn from classroom work]
often amounting to a documentation for a personal résumé.
A Learning Portfolio usually fulfills simultaneously two major
- Assessment: to provide a body
of student work that can be used to assess the quality of
the student's past or ongoing performance.
A portfolio becomes a portfolio assessment when
assessment purpose is defined; portfolios can be
designed to assess student progress, effort, and/or
achievement, and encourage students to reflect on their
- criteria or methods
are made clear for determining what is put into the portfolio, by
whom, and when; and
- criteria for assessing either
the collection or individual pieces of work are identified and
used to make judgments about performance.
http://cresst96.cse.ucla.edu/glossary.htm (Inactive, 2003)]
- provides direct evidence of the quality of a student's work
and a basis for evaluation of work-in-progress
- defines assessment as a process, rather than necessarily as "final";
it permits re-evaluation by alternative evaluators, at different
times and in different
contexts (different from providing final quantitative grades)
- empowers the student to self-assess and continuously expand or
otherwise improve her/his work.
- Demonstration of Accomplishments Arising From
Learning Assignments: to help students to:
- demonstrate ability to master the major topics
of the course or program
- provide evidence of how the work on an assignment evolved
- choose which assignment best represents
one's strengths; articulate and track accomplishments in and outside
- link experiences and achievements within and between classes;
- recognize emerging patterns in their programs and areas of
interest, leading to more focus and better justification and
substantiation of subsequent decisions and choices.
- self-analyze and reflect; to develop own learning curve;
increase levels of self-understanding and
confidence (of individual students) as well as clarity of purpose and
levels of motivation (in the classroom);
- use a wide range of digital and
multimedia technologies to demonstrate technical competency and
design and presentation skills; publish electronically; gain
- be more proactive in planning and pursuing their educational
and post-graduate opportunities;
- demonstrate their competencies and capabilities as they pursue
service-learning activities, internships, and other
- secure future employment or admission to graduate school; record
experiences for later, more systematic use in résumés or applications to
employers or graduate schools;
Learning Portfolios are encouraged at the UW
scheduled for release in September 2002, will allow students
to collect, annotate, arrange, and display on the Web ... their
accomplishments throughout their
University Careers. They will be able to make online portfolios for a
variety of reasons: for their courses, for prospective graduate schools,
to help them choose a career, as part of a job search, or to reflect on
their time at UW."
Electronic Portfolios and Guided Reflection:
What we Learned from 3,200 Freshman [Videos (did not perform in 3/03)]
Anne Zald's (UW Libraries) Suggestions for a Geography Portfolio
Career Portfolio, Geography
Professional Portfolios (AAG/UW)
- Portfolios at Kalamazoo
"... A major effort ... is the addition of the
Kalamazoo Portfolio as a graduation
requirement. The "K" Portfolio is an electronic document that, through the
non-linear linking metaphor of the
World Wide Web, seeks to break the habit of bifurcated thought that is
more common. Students will review
their "K" Portfolios with their advisors at each course selection time and
with other mentors at various times during the year."
Electronic Learning Portfolio [Northern Arizona U.]
"... are expected to maintain an electronic learning
portfolio as part of your liberal studies requirement. The portfolio
provides you with opportunities to reflect on your work and your progress
as a student, to set your own goals, and to demonstrate your strengths."
- The "Prior Learning
Portfolio" [University Without Walls, Univ.of Mass.,Amherst]
"...You have entered the University with knowledge acquired through work
and other life experiences. In the world outside the classroom, you have
acquired skills for organizing and interpreting important information.
Developing a prior learning portfolio through UWW can help you accomplish
The Learning Porfolio and the "Online Learning Record" (OLR)
[University of Texas]
Class Learning Portfolio [Stanford]
"An individually prepared learning portfolio allows students to share and
document the knowledge gained during the quarter. The students design
their own web page to showcase key takeaways from ..."
Portfolio Assessment [Prince George's County Public Schools]
"A portfolio is a purposeful collection of student work that exhibits the
student's efforts, progress, and achievements in one or more areas of the
curriculum. The collection must include the following:
Student participation in selecting contents;
Criteria for selection;
Criteria for judging merits; Evidence of a student's self-reflection."
Through an Experiential Learning Critical Portfolio,
...students maintain a
record of their experiences so that they can reflect on the ways a liberal
arts curriculum connects with accomplishments outside the traditional
Return to Econ & Bus Geog