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Associate Professor Ian Clark5 July 2010University of South AustraliaBuilding Innovation in Teaching & Learning (BuILT) Workshop Series

The reflective journal o r t eaching portfolio

the reflective journal


teaching portfolio

Critically reflecting on teaching 

Workshop structure
Workshop Structure

  • Introduction

  • Why keep a teaching portfolio?

  • What does a teaching portfolio look like?

  • Reflecting on Teaching

  • Components of teaching portfolio

  • Beginning a teaching portfolio

  • Types of teaching portfolio

  • Conclusion

Why keep a teaching portfolio
Why keep a Teaching Portfolio?

  • part of your professional development.

  • It is a document that records

    • achievements,

    • allows for reflection on teaching

    • supports applications for promotion, awards etc.

    • performance management

  • A teaching portfolio is a living document

    • it will change over time as you evaluate your teaching,

    • Reflect on the results,

    • develop different approaches to teaching.

What does a teaching portfolio look like
What does a teaching portfolio look like?

  • Varies depending on purpose

  • Formative portfolio

    • Created for personal and professional development

    • Generally not for sharing

  • Summative portfolio

    • Created for others

    • For promotion, job applications, awards etc.

Source: LTU-Developing a teaching portfolio

What does a teaching portfolio look like1
What does a teaching portfolio look like?

  • Varies depending on purpose

    • usually 6–12 pages in length

    • may contain supplementary material in appendices

  • written as a scholarly reflection of your teaching

  • highlight changes to approach to teaching

Components of a portfolio
Components of a Portfolio

  • personal details, including name, school, contact details

  • a list of contents

  • an introduction containing your teaching and administrative duties

  • a summary of your teaching philosophy, in the context of the University learning and teaching framework

Components of a portfolio1
Components of a Portfolio

  • a critical reflection of teaching activities and their impact on students and your school

    • a description of the approach adopted for a particular activity, including the context and rationale for the approach.

    • comment on any difficulties or unexpected results from the activity,

    • Discussion of student and peer evaluations,

    • a reflective summary of the positive aspects resulting from the activity

    • any changes you would make if you repeated the activity.

  • • a summary of professional development activity

Components of a portfolio2
Components of a Portfolio

  • a summary of any future developments you would like to undertake and a time frame for their implementation

  • a plan of action for improvements in your teaching

  • conference presentations, publications, awards and grants related to learning and teaching

  • appendices with documentary evidence in support of your details listed above

Beginning a portfolio
Beginning a portfolio

  • In what ways might you want to use a portfolio

    • Teaching

    • Research

    • Administration

Beginning a portfolio1
Beginning a portfolio

  • Some things you might consider

  • Teaching

    • What do you regard as the most effective teaching activity you undertake?

    • What do you regard as the least effective activity?

    • Which teaching approach has been most beneficial for students? Why?

    • Give examples of alternative teaching approaches you have used.

Beginning a portfolio2
Beginning a portfolio

  • Some things you might consider

  • Students

    • Do you always use the same teaching methods for all students?

    • What is your primary goal with respect to your students?

    • How would you describe your relationship with students?


  • Examples of Student Evaluations of Learning and Teaching

  • Examples of Peer evaluation

  • Letters from Students

  • Examples of Student Work

  • Presentations and Publications

  • Workshops and professional development courses

  • Service on Learning and Teaching Committees

Types of portfolios
Types of portfolios

  • Depends on the purpose

    • Notebook

    • Word document

    • On powerpoint slides

    • E-portfolio


  • A portfolio should be representative enough for the key dimensions of teaching as a scholarly activity to be evident

    • Identify your teaching activities and responsibilities

    • Select indicators for your teaching activities and their impact and effectiveness

    • Begin collecting documentary evidence to support your claims


  • CLPD (2005), Developing Your Teaching Portfolio, Centre for Learning and Professional Development, The University of Adelaide

  • Seldin, P (2004) The Teaching Portfolio: A practical guide to improved performance and promotion/tenure decisions, 3rd edition, Anker, Bolton MA

  • UCAT (2009) Developing a Teaching Portfolio, University Center for Advancement of Teaching (UCAT), Ohio State University, Columbus OH,