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The Course Portfolio. Danielle Mihram, Director Center for Excellence in Teaching University of Southern California. What is a Course Portfolio?. No single standard formula, but defining features: A focus on the course: From conception to results A spotlight on student learning

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The Course Portfolio

Danielle Mihram, Director

Center for Excellence in Teaching

University of Southern California


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What is a Course Portfolio?

  • No single standard formula, but defining features:

    • A focus on the course: From conception to results

    • A spotlight on student learning

    • A process of scholarly inquiry into approaches to teaching


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Five Practical Functions of the Course Portfolio

  • They serve as an aid to memory

    • What worked, what didn’t?

  • They help in investigating student learning

    • (Are they learning what I am teaching? Are they getting it? What happens to their understanding of the field itself?

  • They are available to others for discussion, feedback, and formal review

  • They are a way of bringing peer recognition of teaching excellence

  • They make a contribution to one’s field by influencing others in the field


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    What kind of documentation is included in a Course Portfolio?

    • Course design (syllabus)

    • Pieces of evidence (this constitutes a wide array which varies from field to field). A few examples:

      • Weekly diary

      • Samples of work that are key to course design (problem sets, artifacts, reflections relating to student art or writing groups, study guides, hardcopy of electronic exchanges with individual students)

      • Videotaped class sessions

      • Peer observations of class sessions

      • Reports from student group work

      • Student projects (paper or electronic)


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    Documentation (Continued) Portfolio?

    • Evidence of student learning

      • Longitudinal or vertical sampling of student responses to assignments or projects

  • Reflective essays

    • Evaluative summaries of classroom assessment data

    • Reflective essays on the progress of the course

    • In final portion of portfolio: implications and lessons learned


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    How much documentation is enough? Portfolio?

    • Axiom: An ideal portfolio is both brief and complete

    • Electronic course portfolios are perhaps the the best format currently

      • Randy Bass (Georgetown University)

        • http://georgetown.edu/bassr/portfolio/amlit

      • William W. Cutler III (Temple University)

        • http://wwwtheaha.org/teaching/aahe/aahecover.html

      • The Knowledge Media Laboratory

        • http://www.carnegiefoundation.org/klm/KLM.htm


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    How do I organize the information? Portfolio?

    • A clear table of contents (annotated perhaps)

    • An executive summary (or some kind of overview)

    • Tabs or color-coding to divide sections


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    How long does it take? How will I find the time? Portfolio?

    • Time required varies from field to field and from individual to individual

      • Ideally, documentation for the course portfolio develops in tandem with the delivery of the course (About an hour of reflective comments per week.).

      • When cumulated the time amounts to approximately 15-20 hours or less.


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    How do I know when I am “On the Right Track”? Portfolio?

    • If the course is team-taught collaborate with the other colleagues to assemble the course portfolio

    • Find a colleague (or another TA) with similar motivation or ask CET to help you find someone on campus with similar knowledge-base, goals and incentives

    • Faculty usually solicit outside responses (e.g., Bass, Cutler), then build on the process


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    Is it worth my while to spend time on a course portfolio? Portfolio?

    • Ultimately it is a question of value:

      • How long does it take to conduct research? Is such a question asked in the context of research?

      • Course portfolios should be subject to peer review: is peer-reviewed research worth my time?


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