Developmental Portfolios are often used to facilitate communication between students and faculty. Similar to a reflective journal, a developmental portfolio documents the development of student skills over a specific time period. For example, a writing portfolio may require a series of written projects which are reviewed by the student, their peers, and the faculty member. The writing portfolio demonstrates the student's development of writing skill over the course of the semester.
Showcase Portfolios are a compilation of exemplary work and student skills over the course of a student's academic career. The purpose of this type of portfolio is to exhibit artifacts demonstrating a student's knowledge, skill, and/or talent. This type of portfolio can play a significant role in marketing a student's capabilities to potential employers upon graduation with a degree or certification.
Hybrid Portfolios are a combination of two or all three types of portfolios listed above. Rarely will you find a portfolio that is strictly used for assessment, development or showcase purposes. Occasionally, you may come across showcase portfolios that do not show evidence of self-reflection, rubrics for assessment or feedback, however, as Helen Barrett, an expert in the field of e-portfolios, would say "a portfolio without standards, goals and/or reflection is just a fancy resume, not an electronic portfolio."