Portfolio: A receptacle or case for keeping loose sheets of paper,
prints, drawings, maps, music, or the like; usually in the form of a
large book-cover, and sometimes having sheets of paper fixed in it,
between which specimens are placed.
Oxford English Dictionary
"The Doctor forward stepp'd to shew
The wealth of his port-folio."
William Combe The tour of Doctor Syntax in search of the picturesque, 1812
Background reading on Course Portfolios
Course Portfolio Collections
There are several Course Portfolio collections you can browse. They
are pretty diverse, in subject area, intent, and what they contain. For
- Bruce Cooperstein's
Think Mathematically because it's in a cognate area, and describes a
"problem solving" approach - something that's often talked about in the
- Dana Fritz's Visual
Literacy "benchmark" portfolio, because of its emphasis on examples
of student work and assessment
- Karen Hammerness, Linda Darling-Hammond, and Lee Shulman's Learning From Cases because it
displays a diversity of evidence - quotes, video clips, reflective prose;
and a diversity of product - the portfolio itself, an archive of student
work, a subsequent academic paper.
- As mentioned in the first meeting, the practice of
supervising students in groups is documented in "Computer
Science Project Work: Principles and Pragmatics". Details of
the project (and resultant book) are available from the EPCoS
website. The second half of the book is also freely available there,
and you can find the practice abstracted in the two bundles:
5.2 Loosely co-ordinated groups and 7.3 Co-ordinated Supervision.