The CIS Department at Bristol Community College requires all career students to create an electronic portfolio based on their work at BCC. The portfolio will be started in CIS17 (it can be started in another introductory course) and will be completed during the capstone course. This is the first year that this has been a requirement so please understand that we will be working together to improve the process. Your portfolio will always be a work in progress!
What is a portfolio: A portfolio is a structured collection of your work and your achievements. It is evidence of your knowledge and skills and of your professional development. It should also be representative of your work and what you want to achieve professionally and your progress toward achieving your goals. It will be used to demonstrate your progress at BCC to your professors and it will be used when you are looking for a job in the field.
Value of a portfolio: Your portfolio will be a marketing tool that you can use when you are job hunting. Surveys have shown that prospective employers want to know about: your knowledge of the subject matter you studied, your skills, your ability to use your knowledge and skills productively and effectively, your ability to think critically, your ability to analyze a problem effectively and develop a well thought out and workable solution, your learning style, your ability to communicate, your ability to collaborate and to lead, your creativity and your understanding of your professional development and professional goals among other things. A portfolio will help you to think about your education, your goals and your professional development and to collect information in an organized and presentable fashion.
Creating a portfolio: You will start creating your portfolio with material (called artifacts) from your first class or classes. You will use HTML or XHTML to create the structure. After the first course, you will have artifacts from the beginning of your learning experience. As you learn and develop other skills, you will undoubtedly eliminate some of your early work and include the more complex and sophisticated work you produce in your more advanced courses. Your portfolio should not just contain artifacts; it should also contain your thoughts about what you are learning, how you use the information and how it applies to other things that you have learned. It is your responsibility to maintain the portfolio throughout your courses at BCC so that you can produce a meaningful product at the end of the capstone course. Again, remember that this is a pilot project; we want you to develop your own portfolio that is about you and will represent you and the college well when you apply for a job. Please remember that the contents should be totally professional and something you would be willing for any employer or faculty member to review. As you create your portfolio think like the person reviewing the product and decide how they will view your product. Be able to explain to yourself and to them why you included certain artifacts and be sure that the explanation and comments allow the portfolio to be viewed and understood when you are not there. Your portfolio should highlight your competencies in a way that relates to the career you are pursuing.
Contents of your portfolio: Your portfolio is about you, so it should be your work. Choices about content should reflect instructor requirements and work you feel represents you well. Below is a list of things to consider for your portfolio (some are required and some are optional). Remember that both this assignment and your portfolio are works in progress so the faculty reserves the right to add content requirements during the capstone course. Changes will also be posted to www.pgrocer.net/portfolio/requirements.html.
The artifacts you choose to include can be from these categories or other. They should be assessable on the web.:
Evaluation: You will need to work with your instructor/professor in the initial course (CIS17) and your instructor/professor in the capstone course about specific content and artifacts that will be required. Instructors/professors in other CIS courses may also require that certain assignments and/or evidence of specific knowledge and skills are included. They may choose to make portfolio evaluation a grade in the CIS course they are teaching.