Maker Ed’s Open Portfolio Project is delighted to offer its Research Brief Series, which captures the findings of its research from 2013 to 2015, along with its Practical Guide to Open Portfolios, which distills some of the best practices for documentation and portfolio creation uncovered in 3+ years of work in the field.

A Practical Guide to Open Portfolios


Our Practical Guide draws from the research findings of both phases 1 and 2 and distills the information into a guide that aims to assist educators and practitioners in getting started — and digging deeper — with portfolios. Throughout our work, key themes have emerged that indicate the challenges and barriers — as well as the insights and successes! — to implementation of portfolios in a thoughtful and thorough way. This guide addresses those areas with suggestions and prompts that help orient thinking and planning. In addition, it includes a more detailed look into the practical tools and tips that we’ve seen at field sites around the country and concludes with a description of the many workshops we’ve held with educators and practitioners, in hopes that you bring this back to your classroom or informal setting yourself. Click on the image to access the full online guide!

Printed copies are available for purchase as well.

Open Portfolio Project Research Brief Series

The research briefs arise from the first phase of the project from 2013 to 2015 and are drawn from findings related to all stages of research, including the literature review, a maker site survey, field site visits (highlighted in our blog series), and National Working Group meetings. They survey the collected data as well as outline emerging themes in the field.

Below, they are organized in the order in which they are released, from left to right, approximately aligning with the different stages of work. The full series of briefs, compiled into a single compilation, is also included below. Printed copies are available for purchase as well.