Loyola University Chicago

Learning Portfolio Program

Center for Experiential Learning

Learning Portfolio Components

Once you have identified the purpose of how your portfolio will be used, the type of learning portfolio (ePortfolio), and who will view it you can start to think about what to include.

The components of a learning portfolio are the learning artifacts, reflections to curate artifacts, and web-based platform used to build the portfolio.

Learning Artifacts

Learning artifacts are documents or media files are electronic evidence of learning. Used thoughtfully, artifacts can demonstrate skills, abilities, experiences, or competency. It also is a way to reflect who you are personally, professionally, and academically.

Creativity is also invited and encouraged when selecting artifacts. This is because one of the advantages of building an electronic portfolio is the ability to use different forms of multimedia to demonstrate learning.

In general, learning portfolio artifacts can include:

  • Writing samples (research papers, essays, fiction, reflections, journals)
  • Photos/slideshows
  • Videos
  • Research projects
  • Blog entries or a full blog
  • Web links
  • Observations by mentors and peers
  • Reflective thinking and writing

After you start building your web folio, visit the tutorial page to find out how to incorporate multimedia in your learning portfolio. 

Critical Reflection

Another important aspect of a learning portfolio is the reflection component. For each learning artifact selected it is important to curate those items by reflecting on your experiences. Critical reflection goes beyond explaining what the experiences was by talking about why the experience was important, making connections between experiences, and articulating new learning you took away from the experience.

Platforms

Loyola University Chicago adopted a enterprise learning portfolio (ePortfolio) system called LAT (Learning Achievement Tools) from TaskStream. Some of Taskstreams functionalities include assessing student learning outcomes and keeping an online record of student learning artifacts through Direct Response Folios (DRFs) and web folio pages.

Loyola University Chicago has contracted with TaskStream to be the university's official electronic portfolio (ePortfolio) vendor.

Learning Portfolios created through Taskstream used by:

Students:

  • To use as an academic hub for course work (i.e. digital repository of documents).
  • As a tool to connect learning across disciplines.
  • To establish habits of lifelong learning through reflection on experiences.
  • To make meaning of experiences inside and outside of the classroom.

Faculty:

  • For a more long-term record of course-work submitted by students.
  • As a tool to assess student-learning compared to set course outcomes.
  • To analyze growth and development of students overtime.
  • As a tool to document student-learning achievement over time.
  • As organizational tool for class assignments and readings.