My Portfolio
Saturday, 11 July 2020
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What is a portfolio?

A portfolio is a collection of documents and writing that you assemble in order to demonstrate that you have the appropriate prior and experiential learning to think about a validation process of competences acquired at work place. A portfolio presents personal achievement, self-reflection, analysis and legacy. Portfolios can be also used for continuous professional development, organizing and displaying achievement, and tracking milestones for personal growth and understanding. The portfolio help to demonstrate your competences to prospective employers.

Portfolio allows you to decide which learning experiences, based on concrete evidence you collect to demonstrate the achieved learning outcomes or competence.

What should your portfolio include?

A good portfolio should have most of the following

- An index of the contents

- Your Curriculum Vitae including your interests and any evidence of work experiences, learning outcomes and competences
Your key achievements and competences

- Good documentation of your work (evidence) – include a variety of examples of work you have done that demonstrate your learning outcomes and competences. Place the best and most relevant work first and start and finish with strong pieces of work.

What kind of evidence you can use in a portfolio?

One of the most important element of the validation process in Recognition Prior Learning (RPL) is to choose a good and appropriate quality evidence.

You can store in or manage by a portfolio to support an your Recognition Prior Learning claim the following types of evidence:

- Repository – for documents, all types of files, including multimedia such as digital

- Photos, videos, audio

- Job description, previous experience, resume

- Reflections, work samples, work/learning plans, question and answers, notes

- Samples of work such as pictures of projects completed, agendas of

- meetings/events, reports, plans, budgets, drawings, diagrams, presentations,

- Tenders

- Letters of support and third party feedback

- multimedia files demonstrating competency including videos, music, images, mp3

- Files, voice recordings, point of view recordings

- Copies of or links to qualifications, academic records and certificates of

- Participation/ attendance, assignments, records of attendance

- Information on licences, industry association membership

- Professional development activities, a training plan, performance records

- Publicity and published articles

- Details of volunteer or committee work and/or membership

Where your evidence is not already available electronically, you can use explore strategies, including capturing demonstrations, observations, conversations, and workplace tasks using voice recordings, photos and videos or through personal reflections, case studies, and challenge tests.

It is particularly important that you present evidence of the possession of learning outcomes, not evidence that learning took place. RPL refers to the assessment of what you have learned in the learning process and experienced in the workplace not when and how the learning took place.

What are a general rules of evidence?

Please remember that there are some general rules of evidence in portfolio:

Valid

Evidence should relate to appropriate competence and reflect all dimensions of competency (knowledge, skills, attitude). This evidence may not be coincidental.

Sufficient

Evidence should meet all the evidence requirements and provide enough evidence to make a judgment about the competence in relation to all dimensions of competency.

Current

Evidence are recent enough to show that the skills and knowledge are still able to be applied to a current work situation. Most often it is assumed that the evidence cannot be older than five years ago from the evaluation.

Authentic

Evidence present your own work

Your portfolio is your personal repository of your achievements. You can keep this completely private and never share it with others, but it is more likely that you want to share your achievement with others like your employer, future employer, etc. The portfolio allows you to indicate for every learning activity and competence whether it is private.

Try to provide a context for each example: brief description, what your influences were, how you went about creating the work, challenges you had to overcome.

Go for quality, not quantity. Less can be more so select only your strongest work.

Make sure that the portfolio is carefully laid out and in the correct order.

All items need to be clear and easy to understand.

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