Portfolios

This workshop is intended to create a space for participants to think about the idea of a teaching or teaching/research portfolio, and how they might start to create one of their own. The title is deliberately vague: there will be a wide variety of people and priorities in the room, so I want to shape the workshop to their needs.

This isn’t about the specific ‘teaching portfolio’ in the sense commonly used in North America, which has a set structure involving a ‘teaching statement’, sample lessons and a resumé. Rather, it’s about familiarising participants with the tools involved in creating online portfolios and helping them to plan out, for themselves, what they want to create. I’m using a handout with specific questions and gaps to fill in, so that participants leave with a game plan and framework for developing their portfolio.

Useful resources

Brown University’s Teaching Portfolio Handbook. This is very much geared toward the North American style of things – so useful if you want to apply for jobs in the USA or Canada. It also has some excellent general points, so if you’re looking to create a portfolio in a looser style, you can certainly take lots from here too.

A guide to Teaching Portfolios from Vanderbilt. Like the above, this is focused on the teaching portfolio as it forms a set part of the US academic career, and as such you should only take it as gospel if you want to apply for jobs in North America. However, it has some useful tips for others, including a sample structure and lots of suggestions for evidence you can use.

Should Graduate Students Create E-Portfolios? A thoughtful article from the Chronicle of Higher Education that looks at e-portfolios and online identity in relation to the academic job market.

Writing a Research Statement for Your Portfolio. This page offers an excellent guide to introducing your research activities in your portfolio, which is particularly useful if you want to emphasise your research interests over teaching.

Sample Teaching Portfolios

Alex Rister’s Teaching Portfolio. This is a fantastic example of a teaching portfolio on WordPress which showcases this person’s teaching and research activities. It shows off her unique skills but also shows how her skills make her marketable and employable.

Stéphanie Ladner’s  Teaching Portfolio. This is focused on school education rather than higher education, but it’s a great example of how to showcase one’s many facets and skills as an educator. It’s also a wonderful use of Google Sites to create an E-Portfolio.

Emma Kennedy’s sample e-portfolio for ADP7101 Assignment 2. This is done to a very specific set of requirements: the second assignment for module ADP7101, the first module of the CILT, PGCAP and PGCert at QMUL. You’ll know whether or not this is relevant to you! It also shows how QMPlus Hub – QMUL’s own version of Mahara – can be used.

Emma’s Sample Google Sites Portfolio. This isn’t great as yet, and it’s mainly the same as this one – but it’s just to show how the same content looks in different formats.

Technical Guides

WPmadesimple.org – a very simple guide to the basics of WordPress. This is for beginners, and a lot of this is easy enough to deduce by simply playing around with WordPress.

QMPlus Hub: the E-Learning Guide.  Does what it says on the tin: QMUL’s E-Learning Unit have gathered here a range of ‘how to’ guides about QMPlus Hub.