Many of your class assignments present a problem for you to solve. Sometimes, the problem is part of the assignment itself. Other times, the problem is more unique to you — a challenge getting a library resource during the time you have planned for the assignment, the need to learn new software to do the assignment, or a lack of necessary resources nearby to fulfill the assignment requirements. How you solve those problems, and how you feel about the assignments that present you with problems, makes a great foundation for a portfolio post.

Take a look at your content inventory to choose a paper, project, presentation or other class-related experience that was meaningful to you.

Ask yourself the following questions about the project, and take some notes for your portfolio post:

  • What problems did you need to solve while working on this piece? How did you solve them?
  • What new skills did this assignment require you to develop? Were the tools to develop those skills easy to find?
  • How did you feel about the assignment when it was complete?
  • Now, consider your intended portfolio audience. What questions might that audience have about your work? Jot down some notes about that.

Remember that you don’t only have to include outstanding work in your portfolio. Assignments that you received a surprising (good or not-so-good!) response on and those that took you out of your comfort zone are all worth including in your portfolio, as long as your reflection addresses the overall importance of the experience.

You should now be well-equipped to compose a short reflection on your academic experience, and add this experience to your site.

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