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Teaching Portfolios

These resources relate to the creation of teaching portfolios, strategies for sharing evidence of teaching, approaches to sharing teaching portfolios in electronic format, and McGill-specific resources.

Creating Teaching Portfolios: Best Guides for Graduates

  1. A Guide for Faculty Lecturers, Librarians and Graduate Students (pdf) Part workbook part guide book, this document explicates in detail the key features of good teaching portfolios. Prepared by Teresa Dawson, Teaching and Learning Services, University of Toronto.  Retrieved September 25, 2013 from http://courseweb.edteched.uottawa.ca/FACDEV101/ESG5300/3.Teaching%20Portfolio/Teaching_portfolios-UofT.pdf.
  2. Creating a Teaching Portfolio (webpage) Aims to help graduate students prepare and improve their teaching portfolios. Has a strong web-based bibliography. Academic Services, The Teaching Center, University of Washington in St. Louis. Retrieved September 25, 2013 from http://teachingcenter.wustl.edu/About/ProgramsforGraduateStudentsandPostdocs/resources/Pages/Creating-a-Teaching-Portfolio.aspx.
  3. The Teaching Portfolio (webpage) Contains useful guidelines, steps, examples, and links for putting together a teaching portfolio. (2004). The Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness, University of Saskatchewan. Retrieved September 25, 2013 from http://www.usask.ca/gmcte/resources/portfolio.

Presenting Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness

  1. Developing A Teaching Portfolio (webpage) by C. Weston and J. Timmermans. Article explains how to reflect excellence in teaching standards through careful construction of the teaching portfolio. (2007) University Affairs. Retrieved September 26, 2013 from http://www.universityaffairs.ca/developing-a-teaching-profile.aspx.
  2. Guidelines for Teaching Portfolios Covers Reflective statements, Statement of teaching responsibilities and Statement of teaching goals for the future. Also features descriptions and examples of supporting documents that could be included. Retrieved September 28, 2013 from http://www.cmu.edu/teaching/resources/DocumentingYourTeaching/TeachingPortfolios/TeachingPortfolios.pdf.
  3. Reframing Portfolio Evidence (pdf) by C. E. Shepherd and M. J Hannafin.  Provides a framework for selection, organization, and examination. Attempts to bridge previous literature limitations by relying on flexible foci, validated methods, data-driven decisions, and documentation of problem solving processes for purposes of professional development. (2013). Journal of Thought. Retrieved September 26, 2013 from http://journalofthought.com/Issues/2013vol48issue1pdf/08shepherd_hannafin.pdf.
  4. How to Develop a Professional Portfolio: A Manual for Teachers (book) by D. M. Campbell et al. An ideal resource for novice teachers, this complete guide offers an explicit and detailed “how-to” style manual for those looking to document their teaching experience in a clear and professional manner. (2004). McGill call # LB2838 H56 2004: http://mcgill.worldcat.org/title/how-to-develop-a-professional-portfolio-a-manual-for-teachers/oclc/51558943&referer=brief_results.
  5. Teaching portfolio (webpage) A comprehensive guide from the University of Texas at Austin, USA. This offers step-by-step instruction for developing and compiling the components of a teaching portfolio. Retrieved November 26, 2013 from http://ctl.utexas.edu/teaching/professional_development/teaching%20_portfolio.
  6. Teaching Perspectives Inventory (TPI) (webpage) A free (but commercial) online tool enables instructors to examine and summarize their thoughts with respect to teaching. This may be helpful when beginning to craft a "teaching philosophy" statement. Retrieved November 26, 2013 from http://www.teachingperspectives.com/drupal/.

Electronic Portfolios

  1. Showcase your skills with an electronic teaching portfolio (webpage) Explains how to create a Google account to host your electronic portfolio, prepare content, support content with media, connect content and media with reflections on your teaching, and more. Retrieved September 25, 2013 from http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/6437.
  2. Teaching Portfolios (webpage) A comprehensive resource that includes teaching portfolio samples from varied fields and information about electronic teaching portfolios. Vanderbilt University’s Center for Teaching. Retrieved September 25, 2013 from http://cft.vanderbilt.edu/teaching-guides/reflecting/teaching-portfolios/.
  3. The digital teaching portfolio handbook: a how-to guide for educators (book) by C. R. Kilbane and N. B. Milman. Useful for enhancing professional growth and creating a dynamic record of professional achievement that can include items such as curricular units, writing samples, photographs, videos, and other artifacts of teaching and learning. (2002). McGill call # LB1029 P67 K52 2003: http://mcgill.worldcat.org/title/digital-teaching-portfolio-handbook-a-how-to-guide-for-educators/oclc/49844288&referer=brief_results

McGill Based Resources

  1. McGill’s Teaching Portfolio Guidelines, from the Handbook of Regulations and Policies for Academic and Librarian Staff under Regulations Relating to the Employment of Academic Staff, Appendix A, page 30. Teaching and Learning Services (McGill University). Teaching Portfolio Guidelines. Retrieved September 26, 2013 from http://www.mcgill.ca/tls/teaching/portfolio/guidelines.
  2. COOL Recording: Teaching Portfolio (webpage) This resource offers the opportunity to view an online teaching portfolio seminar on McGill's COOL lecture recording system. Retrieved September 26, 2013 from http://cool.mcgill.ca/COOLLectureListing.aspx?CourseID=1472