Pathways, learning plan and portfolio (VU21353)

2 Portfolio of Evidence

A "Portfolio of Evidence" is a collection of things to show what you have made or what you have done. It can be as small as just one CD, or as large as two ring binders along with a big wall poster. It all depends on what your portfolio is for.

Learning how to develop a portfolio is something that will be useful for your future. It is becoming more and more common for people to have electronic portfolios online that they can use when applying for jobs.

It is important that a portfolio of evidence is organised properly.

A portfolio of evidence should always have the following:

  1. Your name
  2. The name of the course that you are doing (if it is for evidence of competence)
  3. The name of the project - if it is a record of a project you are doing (e.g. "Building a Chook House")
  4. The date that you completed the portfolio (if it is for your course then the date you give your portfolio to your lecturer)
  5. A contents page/index - if your portfolio is for evidence of competence then it helps you and your lecturer if your index matches evidence to the outcomes and criteria of the competencies
  6. A description of what the pieces of evidence are for. For example if your portfolio is for a project then you should describe what happened in the project. If the portfolio is for evidence of competence then describe how it covers the outcomes
  7. Photographs, sounds and movies, if they are appropriate
  8. Any suitable "products", such as a T-shirt, pieces of artwork

The first five items usually take a fairly small amount of space - usually about two pages between them. The description of what went on in the project can take more space, this depends on the complexity of the project.

If you have "products" that are large, such as a brick wall, or if you are building an electronic portfolio, then you would probably use photographs or video instead of the product itself.

When it comes to pictures, sounds and movies, it is a good idea to get as much of it as you possibly can. For example, if you were going to clear somebody's garden, then it is no use taking a picture after you have finished clearing the garden if you do not have a picture of what it looked liked before you began.

If anybody helps you with a project, get them to talk in front of a voice recorder or a video camera about what they are doing, and how they feel about it. (Your lecturer will be able to help you with this.)

Once you have made a recording, make a copy of it somewhere else. It does not matter if it is with a digital camera, a voice recorder or a video camera. Again, your lecturer will be able to help you with this.

Your portfolio of evidence is uniquely yours. It is a result of the way you do things, and of what you have done. There is no real reason why your portfolio should look very much like somebody else's.

It is a record so that other people can understand what you have achieved, and if it does that then it is a good portfolio of evidence.