Teaching Portfolios: Suggested Contents

By Syre, Thomas R.; Pesa, Jacqueline A. | College Student Journal, June 2002 | Go to article overview

Teaching Portfolios: Suggested Contents


Syre, Thomas R., Pesa, Jacqueline A., College Student Journal


Teaching portfolios are performance-based assessment tools which promote quality teaching at the college level. When used effectively, teaching portfolios lead to an enhanced focus and a further professionalization of teaching at the college level. The contents of teaching portfolios are discussed in this paper.

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The teaching portfolio is a performance-based assessment tool used to promote quality teaching at the college level. Teaching portfolios emphasize teaching effectiveness and, by their use, encourage educational institutions to make teaching a central value in hiring, promoting, and tenuring. Their use encourages faculty members to focus on teaching quality. Importantly, teaching portfolios enhance and further professionalize college teaching.

The contents of a teaching portfolio can vary from institution to institution. There are, however, basic contents and these contents are listed below. By no means an exhaustive list, in combination, these areas provide the college teacher with a good beginning in the development of teaching portfolios.

* Listing of course taught, credit hour produced, and student enrollment numbers with brief course descriptions and syllabi for each course taught.

* Discussion of teaching innovations used in the classroom.

* Samples of student essays, research-based term papers, grant proposals, and fieldwork reports.

* Samples of course materials prepared for classroom teaching such as coursepacks or copies of MS PowerPoint [C] presentations.

* Information on instructor availability to students including holding and keeping office hours.

* Descriptions of how personal computers and selected discipline-based software is used in both teaching and in learning. …

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