Many people are oblivious of the structured paths that lead them from one level of knowledge or one career path to another. Unless they are unusually reflective and deliberately trace their intellectual growth, most people move along and go with the flow of daily living and daily work needs. Whereas professionals keep pace with new requirements placed upon them, students move ahead according to the required collegiate curriculums, taking the prescribed courses as directed. Both groups, however, accumulate valuable experiences along either path.
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pdf: Acronym for Portable Document Format, which is a universal file format that preserves all the fonts, formatting, images, and color of a source file, regardless of the application or platform used to create it. Compacted PDF files can be exchanged, viewed, navigated, and printed with free Adobe Reader software.
Learning and Assessment Portfolio: Created by a student, consisting of artifacts from student’s coursework or projects used to assess or to track academic growth.
Interview Presentation Portfolio: Created by a job-seeker, consisting of artifacts tailored to the particular needs of the company to validate claims of technical or professional expertise.
Initial Job Inquiry Portfolio: Created by an employment applicant, consisting of resume, references, and supporting examples of work to show competence for the desired position.
Artifact: Object created or designed for presentation. Examples of portfolio artifacts are text documents, Web pages, presentations, research papers, assessment instruments, original projects, academic or external teamwork projects, internships, presentation videos, certificates of achievement, spreadsheets, databases, digital images, and multimedia demonstrations.
Career Growth Portfolio: Created by an employee, consisting of demonstrations of work performed and growth achieved in skills and responsibilities while on the job, used for promotional justification.
Templates: Master or pattern from which other similar things can be made. Can be built in any software and become portfolio pages containing text, video, images, and links.y