In some further and higher education programmes, portfolios—a compilation of materials both written and visual—are widely used to enable students to put together a good overview of the knowledge they have gained and personal reflections on this.
The sixth and final Module on the LINC programme gives students the task of building ‘a portfolio of learning’. Students are given the opportunity and are encouraged to start gathering pieces of evidence of their learning from the programme for their portfolio from Module 3 onwards. These portfolios are regularly reviewed and evaluated by their tutor. The feedback given allows the student make adjustments if necessary, or add to their portfolios further with supplementary evidence, which in turn could further enhance their professional and personal development.
For example, evidence in picture format where students can then showcase their linkage of theory to practice in areas on inclusion in their setting. Additionally, photos or graphics—together with their thoughts and ideas—can further show the learning and knowledge gained from the LINC Programme. A student’s portfolio, when completed, can be an excellent means of assessment and enables them to communicate their learning from the programme to a wider audience.
Students’ portfolios will be by nature a ‘storybook’ which will capture their progression and learning journey throughout the academic year on the LINC Programme. Each piece of evidence, reflection or achievement a student has documented in their LINC portfolio may have been selected by them because it is an authentic representation of what their learning means to them and what it is meant to demonstrate to others.
Along with their current knowledge and skills, their LINC portfolio has the potential to assist with their professional inclusion practices in their future role as INclusion COordinator (INCO) in their Early Learning and Care settings.
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