What is the Learning Portfolio Project?

Since 2013, DreamYard and Parsons School of Design have partnered to bring the Learning Portfolio model to schools and educational organization across New York City. Our unique approach aims to make the digital portfolio development process more accessible to all students and support them in telling their own learning story. The Learning Portfolio Project is supported through a generous grant from The New York Community Trust’s Hive Digital Media and Learning Fund.

What is a Learning Portfolio?

A Learning Portfolio is an online, multimedia collection of an individual’s work, including finished pieces, reflections on and documentation of process, research and examples of other’s work that inspires them. A Learning Portfolio can come in many digital forms ­ from a blog to a website to a slideshow ­and balances sharing both process and product in a way that is organized and easy to navigate.

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What makes a learning portfolio different from other types of portfolios?

Traditional portfolios favor skill­based visual exercises but very few primary and secondary level students have access to that type learning experience. Who gets left behind in this model? Through the development of learning portfolios young people can reflect on their learning and present evidence of their learning accomplishments with more depth than grades or test scores. As opposed to a traditional portfolios which emphasize sharing only finished work, a Learning Portfolio values showing process and reflection alongside finished products. We believe that sharing their process is key for many students to evidence how they learn and what they have accomplished.


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