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Contents of Portfolio Processes

Portfolio Processes

Traditional

Collecting

Selecting

Reflecting

Directing

Celebrating

+ Technology

Archiving

Linking/Thinking

Storytelling

Collaborating

Publishing

Lecture Notes

The traditional portfolio literature identifies the processes shown in the left column. The value-added of technology shows in the right column. First, we have the collection process; with technology, that leads to creating a digital archive of the work. The second step involves selecting specific pieces or work from the collection to demonstrate a particular outcome, goal or standard. With technology, that process is done by creating a hyperlink to the documents in the archive. Some researchers have found that the process of hyperlinking may lead to higher levels of thinking about learning, or meta-cognitioin. The process of reflection helps the learner construct meaning from the work they have selected, and technology creates new models of storytelling to help with that meaning-making. Direction is setting goals for the future, and celebration is a formal exhibition before an audience, either real or virtual. Technology creates new opportunities for collaborating and publishing, especially with Web 2.0 tools.