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Portfolio - ATK

What is the purpose of a portfolio?

Portfolios serve a variety of purposes- they may be used for:

  • developmental and culminating assessments
  • to showcase or display outstanding work
  • to measure levels of competency for certification, graduation requirements, and career advancement

In addition, portfolios serve as a means of keeping an ongoing record of your ideas and their expressions, placed in a deliberate form and sequence.  Your portfolio should demonstrate that which you see as important work, evidence, or documentation that represents your development.  As you progress through your courses and employment, establishing a dedicated space (portfolio) for your work will yield a number of benefits: 



1. Johnson, R.S., Mims-Cox, J.S. and Doyle-Nichols, A. (2010) Developing portfolios in education: A guide to reflection, inquiry, and assessment. Los Angeles: Sage. 
2. Ryerson University (2014) What is a portfolio? Available at: (Accessed 26 March 2014).