Developing a portfolio of practice

A portfolio is an organised collection of all the work you have done since the beginning of the course with reflections. You can be as creative as you want when putting your portfolio together. For example you can include video clips, discussions you have had as a group, minutes from water caucus meetings or notes, mind maps or course journey maps. Do you remember the maps you drew during Module 3 reflecting on your journey towards developing a case study? You could design your portfolio around this journey map and then have sections for each stage of the journey.

We are asking you to develop a case portfolio rather than an individual portfolio as this gives you one last opportunity to reflect on what all of you have brought to the case study. Below is one suggestion of how you can put your portfolio together but please feel free to come up with other more creative ways. Please note though: you need to answer ALL the reflection questions. How you do this is up to you. If it makes more sense you can get together as a group and record your discussions and submit your reflections as a audio file or you can each free write a reflection and type it up into your porfolio.

An example of putting together a course case portfolio

Step 1: Together draw a creative road map of your course journey.

Include in the map:

1. The formal course modules
2. Meetings, interviews, observations mentorship meetings that happened between the course modules.
3. Significant moments for you as an individual or as a group. These moments do not necessarily have to be course related. They could relate to a meeting you went to where you presented aspects of the case, a conversation you had with a colleague that helped you or even a dream you had that inspired you.
4. Challenges that you met along the way.
Step 2: Reflecting on the importance of context

For this section include

1. All your pre-course assignments
2. All your assignment one
3. Reflection: Highlight for each assignment an individual story that you collected that you feel helped you understand something about the context that was invaluable and that you didn’t know before. Free write or discuss and record what this is and how it helped you in developing your case. Include these reflections in this section.

Step 3: Reflecting on Knowledge networks

For this section include

1. All of your assignment two’s
2. Reflection:
a) Highlight one meeting, website, interview, document or organisation that you feel helped you understand something about your case that was invaluable and that you didn’t know before. Free write or discuss and record what this is and how it helped you in developing your case.
b) Reflect on whether your knowledge network has grown since you did your Assignment two and how it has grown. How has this been useful to you?

Step 4: Reflecting on your case study

For this section include:

1. Include your full case study document (which will now also include your action plan) and,
2. any presentations, posters, pamphlets etc that have been developed using your case study. You may have also used the information gained from doing the case study in workshops or meetings. If so include a description of these too.
3. Reflection:
a) Highlight one argument and/or conclusion that that really strikes you as important for driving action and that you didn’t know before. Free write or discuss and record how you came to this argument and/or conclusion.
b) Reflect on how you have used your case study up until now and how you intend to use it in the future.

Step 5: Final reflections

Now sit down and each person is to free write about the course as if it was an African folk tale, adventure story or a fairy tale. Don’t think too much about what to write just start writing with.
Once upon a time….
And end with either the moral of the story with words like ‘and that is why the elephant and the… are no longer friends’ or…. ‘They all lived happily ever after”.

Just give it a go and see what happens. This will be your final reflection on the course and a way for us to hear your story.
If you would prefer you can record yourself telling the story and send us an audio file.

Deadline for finishing portfolio: 4th March 2015