Teaching portfolios provide sources of evidence that you can use in your promotion application for the Promoting Learning Domain. The following inclusions in your portfolios can help your reflection on your practice.
Thus, the content and presentation of a formal teaching portfolio will vary depending on its specific purposes, but in general a teaching portfolio is a collection of documents that offers clear and detailed evidence of teaching practices and goals, embedded in an explanation and application of your personal teaching philosophy.
There is no universally used format, although guidelines are often issued with requests for portfolios and should be used if you are compiling a formal portfolio for a specific purpose. In the absence of clear guidelines for a specific purpose there are a number of ways you could organise your collected evidence. These include:
There is no recipe for the content of a teaching portfolio. Your teaching portfolio is uniquely yours, designed by you to reflect your background, teaching context and achievements as a teacher in a higher education context. Careful selection against defined criteria is the key to deciding what to include, bearing in mind the goal is to collect evidence about your teaching and, most importantly, support it with your justifications for and reflections on the evidence you choose to include.
The following is an indication of the types of artefacts you could include:
The CSU Academic. A guide to evidence in promotion clearly outlines the types of evidence relevant for promotion, including the scope of the activity, and aligns these with the standards and expectations for each of the promotion levels, A-E.
Those reading your portfolio for probation, EDRS or promotion purposes will be seeking evidence on the following elements of your portfolio. The teaching portfolio:
A downloadable version of these guidelines is available here.