Teaching Portfolios and Course Portfolios

Teaching portfolios allow instructors to document the scope and quality of their teaching performance and to improve their skills through continuous reflection. Course portfolios are used to document the planning, process, and outcomes of a single course. The articles and links in this section describe the purpose and important components of teaching portfolios and offer detailed guidelines for creating teaching portfolios.


CRLT Occasional Paper #11: The Teaching Portfolio (Kaplan, 1998)

The teaching portfolio is one of the tools faculty members can use to document their scholarly work in teaching. This Occasional Paper contains a discussion of the nature and purpose of the teaching portfolio (and its offshoot, the course portfolio) and suggestions for how individuals and units can use portfolios most effectively.

Developing a Teaching Portfolio

This site from the Ohio State University aims to provide faculty and graduate teaching associates (TAs) with a practical and self-reflective guide to the development of a teaching portfolio.

The Course Portfolio as a Tool for Continuous Improvement of Teaching and Learning (Cerbin, 1994)

Teaching portfolios allow instructors to document the scope and quality of their teaching performance and to improve their skills through continuous reflection. Course portfolios are used to document the planning, process, and outcomes of a single course. The articles and links in this section describe the purpose and important components of teaching portfolios and offer detailed guidelines for creating teaching portfolios.

How to Prepare a Course Portfolio (Werder, 2000)

Summary adapted from Pat Hutchings’ (1998) The Course Portfolio: How Faculty Can Examine Their Teaching to Advance Practice and Improve Student Learning. Includes concise sections on design, results, and general tips for creating a course portfolio.

Creating Electronic Portfolios with Adobe Acrobat

Adobe offers a guide to how to use their Acrobat software to create a Teaching or Course portfolio. This focuses on practical instructions for using the software to create your portfolio, not choosing the content to be included.

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Teaching Philosophy and Teaching Statement

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