What can go into your portfolio? While the content options are as varied as our students, portfolios frequently include a combination of the sections outlined below.
About Me / Bio Page
This is typically the first page that your audience encounters. This where you introduce yourself and the primary function or purpose of your portfolio. Craft your About Me section to introduce both yourself and the site. Use the worksheet below to begin mapping out the contents of this page. Consider including a personal description and images.
About Me (.pdf)
Artifacts are the evidence you use to make your learning visible. An artifact can be a wide variety of things, including artwork, papers, compositions, projects, lab reports, lesson plans, videos, websites, and more.
Artifacts add depth to an ePortfolio because they provide evidence of learning and growth. Any artifact included on an ePortfolio should be accompanied by a caption explaining the importance of the item as well as a title, author and date to provide context of that artifact to your audience.
Reflection is the process by which we reconstruct and make meaning of our experiences. Reflection is part of learning and thinking. In this sense, reflective writing practice is both analytical and personal. It is an intellectual activity that strives to generate learning from new and prior experience. Reflection is active and intentional.
Within the context of your portfolio, reflective writing provides your audience with context for a given artifact or experience. This type of writing will provide your audience with an understanding of both what your artifact is and why it matters. The worksheet below will help you write about your experiences and artifacts in a way that shows their meaning and significance.
When reflecting on experiences and artifacts, be sure to provide your audience with a brief summary of what the artifact is as well as a deeper reflection on the experience.
Depending on your program, you may take courses in which reflective writing assignments are a required element of the course. Students can also elect to incorporate formal academic reflection assignments into their portfolios.
Reflective Writing (.pdf)
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