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Home - Library - Library Classroom - Creating a Professional Portfolio

Designing a Portfolio

Fall 2006 Faculty & Staff In-Service 
Marla Larimore & Don Lind, Assessment Coordinators, Coffeyville Community College

 

What is a Portfolio ?  

    A portfolio is a purposeful collection of student work showing achievement or growth in a given skill set.

Types of Portfolios 

  • Document
  (Documents, pictures, drawings)
  • Physical
  (Actual artifacts)
  • Electronic
  (Digitized artifacts)

Areas of Typical Use: 

  •  Art
  •  Technical Skills
  •  Drama
  •  Music
  •  Athletics
  •  Communications 

Sample Template for Portfolio Building  
 
 

PORTFOLIO TITLE
Your name
School
Date 
Welcome Message- i.e. appropriate quote, or a brief introduction to the Portfolio  
HOME PAGE
 
 
ABOUT ME
Your Name
Address
City, State
Zip
Your Picture
General Information 
 
PORTFOLIO INTRODUCTION
Introductory Paragraph
Educational Goals
Career Goals
Current Skills and Abilities
Clubs/ Athletic Teams/ Leadership Experiences
Interests and Activities
Honors, Awards, and Recognitions
Closing Paragraph
 
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Personal Qualities
Interpersonal Skills
 Employability Skills
Academic/ Cognitive Skills
Technology Related Skills
Leadership Skills
Teamwork Skills
Self-Management Skills
 
RESUME
Objective
Work Experience
Education
Honors/ Awards
Professional Affiliations
Skills and Abilities
Interests and Activities
References
 
REFERENCES
Reference #1
Name
Address
Phone Number
Relationship
How long have you known this person? 

 
Reference #2
Name
Address
Phone Number
Relationship
How long have you known this person?
 
Reference #3
Name
Address
Phone Number
Relationship
How long have you known this person? 

 
Reference #4
Name
Address
Phone Number
Relationship
How long have you known this person?
 
WRITING SAMPLE
Topic/ Title
 
EDUCATIONAL RECORD
Course of Study
Diploma/Degree
Date Attended
From To
Location
Name of School
 
MILITARY SERVICE
Dates 
Area of Study 
Location 
Name of School
CERTIFICATIONS 
Date
(Month/Year)
Organization/Company Granting Certifications
WORK EXPERIENCE #1
List the skills you have demonstrated while working for the company:
List  the duties you had at that company: 
Reason for Leaving 
Supervisors Name 
Position Held 
Hourly Wage or Salary
Phone Number 
Address, City,  State, and Zip Code of Company 
Name of Company 
Dates Employed  
 
WORK EXPERIENCE #2
(Same as above)
 
WORK EXPERIENCE #3
(Same as above)
 
PROJECT WORK SAMPLE
Objective
Guidelines
 
PROJECT PROCESS
Title
Step #1, graphic, Step #2, graphic, etc. 
Results
Input your information
Standards and Competencies
Input your information
PROJECT EVALUATIONS
COURSE WORK SAMPLE
Objective
Guidelines
Results
Standards and Competencies
 
CAREER PLAN
Educational Goals
Importance of Educational Goals
Preparation for my Future
Career Goals
Why I chose these Career Goals.
What I have done to prepare for my future.
 
LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION
Reference #1
Name
Address
Phone Number
Relationship
How long have you known this person?
Text of Recommendation
 
LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION
Reference #2 (Same as above)
 
LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION
Reference #3 (Same as above)  

 
FAVORITE LINKS
Professional
Personal
Tutorial
Miscellaneous
 
COURSE COMPETENCIES
Title of Skill #1   (Get this information from your instructor ! ! !)
 
ACADEMIC SKILLS
Title of Skill #1   Explain how the skill was demonstrated.
Title of Skill #2   Explain how the skill was demonstrated.
Title of Skill #3   Explain how the skill was demonstrated.
Title of Skill #4   Explain how the skill was demonstrated.
 
LEADERSHIP SKILLS
Title of Skill #1   Explain how the skill was demonstrated.
Title of Skill #2   Explain how the skill was demonstrated.
Title of Skill #3   Explain how the skill was demonstrated.
Title of Skill #4   Explain how the skill was demonstrated.
 
PERSONAL MANAGEMENT  SKILLS
Title of Skill #1   Explain how the skill was demonstrated.
Title of Skill #2   Explain how the skill was demonstrated.
Title of Skill #3   Explain how the skill was demonstrated.
Title of Skill #4   Explain how the skill was demonstrated.


 
EMPLOYABILITY  SKILLS
Title of Skill #1   Explain how the skill was demonstrated.
Title of Skill #2   Explain how the skill was demonstrated.
Title of Skill #3   Explain how the skill was demonstrated.
Title of Skill #4   Explain how the skill was demonstrated.
 
Interpersonal Skills
Competencies Demonstrated
Leadership Skills
Academic Skills
 
JOB SHADOWING EXPERIENCES
What you were able to observe 
Company Name
Approximate Dates
 
INTERNSHIP
What I learned
Skills I developed
Superiors Name
Approximate Dates
Duties I Preformed
Phone Number
Address 
Company or Organization Name
Brief Description of the Experience
 
VOLUNTEER WORK
What I learned
Skills I developed
Superiors Name
Approximate Dates
Duties I Performed
Phone Number
Address 
Company or Organization Name
Brief Description of the Experience
 
SERVICE LEARNING
What I learned
Skills I developed
Supervisors Name
Approximate Dates
Duties I Performed
Phone Number
Address 
Company or Organization Name
Brief Description of the Experience
 
SELF ASSESSMENT
Academic Skills
Interpersonal Skills
Work Related Skills
Self-Improvement
 
Intelligences Rating
Possible ratings: Exceptional, Above Average, Average, and Fair.
Self Smart (understanding yourself from within, intuitive)
People Smart (interpersonal, a people person)
Body Smart (athletic, coordination, physical skills)
Music Smart (music, rhythm)
Picture Smart (visual, artistic)
Number Smart (logical, mathematic, analytical)
Word Smart (language, speaking, communicating)
Area of Intelligence
 
PORTFOLIO EVALUATION
Work Experience
Academic Information
Writing Sample
Personal Information
Recommendations
Work Sample Quality
Work Sample Completeness
Work Sample Process
Deadlines
Overall Quality
Design Graphics
Organization
COMPETENCIES
Arithmetic
Writing
Reading
Listening
Decision Making
Creative
Speaking
Problem Solving
Resources
Reasoning
Self-Esteem
Responsibility
Interpersonal
Self-Management
Sociability
Integrity
System
Technology
Information 
TIME LOG
Comments 
Job Description  
Total Hours 
Time Out 
Time In 
Date

 


Portfolios-Assessment Tool 
  • Assessment must be documented
  • Emphasis on performance or skills
  • Easy to use
  • Either student or faculty created
  • Usually contains embedded rubric
Rubrics 
  • Grid-spread sheet
    • Skills Listed as Rows
    • Degree of Accomplishments as Columns
  • Quantify learning outcomes
  • Help in assigning grades 


 
Any Questions? 

Lurleen B. Wallace Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges or SACSCOC to award the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science degrees and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lurleen B. Wallace Community College.