Along the path of researching for a project, we encounter a wide variety of resources. Some we cite as sources. Some are interesting, and shape our way of thinking about a topic, but aren’t technically resources for a project. Some are good resources, but not appropriate for a particular project. How you choose between different resources, and how you choose which ones to use as sources, can be the basis of a portfolio insight.

Take a look at your content inventory to choose a paper, project, presentation or other class-related that required you to use a wide variety of resources.

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

  • What resources did you use to create this?
  • Which ones were helpful?
  • Which ones would you use again?
  • Were there any resources that you found interesting, but not appropriate for this project? How did you decide which to use and which to save for later?
  • If you saved any resources for other assignments, how did you store that resource, and how do you plan on retrieving it when you need it?
  • 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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