As students, educators, workers, we continually accumulate examples and documentation of our successes and of our growth. We have papers, lessons, units, assignments, certificates and other items including evaluations that provide a clear picture of our progress toward our goals. A portfolio is simply a purposeful collection of work. Usually that portfolio is designed to demonstrate achievement or depict growth. In many cases the work is selected to demonstrate expertise based on standards or specific criteria. Comprehensive portfolios, such as eligibility portfolios, maintained over a period of time, can exhibit comparisons of work, illustrations of growth, and reflections that continually promote growth. Portfolios can develop and carry into the learners work life beyond the environment of course assignments and program requirements. An increasingly self-reliant, technological work force is evolving at an ever increasing pace. Today's technology allows electronic portfolios to be one career tool for life-long learners in today's global workplace.
There are four checkpoints for the portfolio:
- EDU 103* (CTE 200)
- Create web and demographics page
- Import and link table of contents
- Add one artifact (philosophy)
- Admission to Teacher Education
- Admission to Student Teaching
- Final Review during Student Teaching Semester
*Transfer students who have completed EDU 103 prior to enrolling at Murray State University will begin portfolio checkpoints with admission to Teacher Education.