Student portfolio

By: Cecilia Krill | Royal Academy of Music, Aalborg/Arhus, Denmark

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The purpose of this document is to outline portfolio as a learning framework for use in the entrepreneurship programme at the Royal Academy of Music (RAMA). The material is based on experiences gathered from the last two years of testing in RAMA’s entrepreneurship course. Referring to the document as an outline reflects the entrepreneurial process that developing the method has been and continues to be – the road is paved as the work goes on – and what works today may and probably will have to be adjusted tomorrow. The portfolio method is described with a view to creating a learning framework specifically for the entrepreneurship programme at the Royal Academy of Music; the ground is being prepared for the further development and implementation of the method within other courses of study offered at the Academy. The portfolio method is based on learning theory and recent trends within entrepreneurial education, and could also have an impact in academic contexts other than musical education where both entrepreneurship and learning are involved.

The developmental work was carried in RAMA’s ECTS-qualifying entrepreneurship course at both a bachelor’s and master’s level; the portfolio method was introduced as the form to be used for documentation and presentations in the course’s final exam when the programme was initially launched in the autumn of 2011 (RAMA curriculum: 2011). Experience showed that the portfolio method had potential in terms of developing students’ entrepreneurial skills – and as a formative assessment tool. This uncovered a need to develop, describe and implement the method in entrepreneurship education. Both educators and committed students contributed valuable experience, feedback and constructive criticism during the development stage. Their contributions have shown what works well, where particular challenges lie and what untapped potentials the method continues to harbour.

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