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Learning Portfolio Elements

Once students have identified the purpose of their portfolio, the type of learning portfolio, and their audience, they can start to think about what to include.

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

Critical Reflection

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

Platforms

Loyola University Chicago has contracted with Digication to be the university's official learning portfolio vendor. Two of Digication's primary functionalities Loyola uses include:

1) Building electronic learning portfolios through Digication.

2) Assessing student learning outcomes and keeping an online record of student learning artifacts.

Faculty and students can contact the Learning Portfolio Program Manager to determine the best fit for your course or outcome. 

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Learning Artifacts

Learning artifacts are documents or media files that are student evidence of learning and growth over time. Used thoughtfully, artifacts can demonstrate skills, abilities, experiences, or competency. 

Creativity and intentionally is important when students select artifacts as one of the advantages of building an electronic portfolio is the ability to use different forms of multimedia to demonstrate learning.

Learning portfolio artifacts can include:

  • Photos or Slideshows
  • Blogs or Vlogs 
  • Writing Samples (research papers, essays, fiction, reflections, journals)
  • Videos
  • Presentations 
  • Research Posters
  • Web Link

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Types of Learning Portfolios

Loyola University Chicago supports four different types of Learning Portfolios. 

 

  • Course Portfolios
  • Integrative Portfolios
  • Assessment Portfolios
  • Professional/Showcase Portfolios (in partnership with the Career Development Center)

 

The various types of portfolios may also overlap in function. For instance, integrative portfolios can also be assessment portfolios. 

 

The purpose of each portfolio is articulated below.