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Preparing Your Portfolio

Your portfolio—which acts as the culminating activity for the M.A. in Technical Communication degree—will contain five or six substantial samples of your work that best demonstrate your ability to produce a range of effective technical communication genres.

How do I submit my portfolio?

You have several options to discuss with your advisor. Traditionally, portfolios were turned in via print and flash drive; this option is still available. As of Fall 2015, with permission from your advisor, you may instead choose to submit your portfolios digitally, either through a shared Google Drive folder or perhaps using a more dynamic mode, such as a web site or wiki. However, whatever you do create must be self-contained (e.g., it can’t link to outside content that might go away) and you must be able to save all the files to a flash drive, CD, etc. We must be able to archive/store a copy of your work for institutional reasons. Please contact your advisor to discuss which mode(s) of delivery would be most appropriate for your portfolio.

What do I put in my portfolio?

Below are several sample table of contents from portfolios submitted by MATC students and approved by reviewers. The collection of documents you decide to include in your portfolio may vary. Please consult with your advisor if you have any questions.

Sample Table of Contents #1: Brochure, Poster, Website, Tutorial, Usability Test, Manual, User Guide, Article Manuscript

  • Overview
  • Resume
  • Brochure and Poster
  • Website
  • Tutorial and Usability Test
  • Training Manual and Instructor Slides
  • User Guide
  • Article Manuscript (submitted to Journal of Business and Technical Communication)

Sample Table of Contents #2: Instructions, Memo, Presentation Graphics, Grant Proposal, Newsletter, Brochure

  • Overview
  • Resume
  • Instrument Panel Instructions
  • Wastewater Memo
  • Presentation Graphics for Talk on “Why Fundamentals of Technical Communication Still Matter”
  • Grant Application
  • Newsletter
  • Museum Brochure

Sample Table of Contents #3: Article Manuscript, Internship, Presentation Graphics, Website, Manual

  • Overview
  • Resume
  • Article Manuscript (submitted to Technical Communication Quarterly)
  • Academic Internship Manual
  • Presentation Graphics for Talk on “Writing for Translation”
  • Website for College of Arts and Sciences, Boise State University
  • Bicycle Owner’s Manual

Sample Table of Contents #4: White Paper, Presentation Graphics, Online Help, Video Help, Documentation

  • Overview
  • Resume
  • White Paper on Voice-Recognition Technology
  • Presentation Graphics for Talk on “GoogleDocs”
  • Online Help for Recording Software
  • Video Help Tutorials
  • Documentation Plan

Sample Table of Contents #5: Infographic, Instructions, Video Tutorials, Recommendation Report, Support Document

  • Overview
  • Resume
  • Infographic
  • Instructions on How to Perform Tasks in a Presentation Graphics Software
  • Video Tutorials
  • Recommendation Report on Google Glass
  • Printer Support Document