Developing a Teaching Portfolio

About the Course

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The teaching portfolio plays a critically important role in documenting one’s achievement as an academic teacher and assumes a key role in promotion processes. It is further a tool for reflecting upon ongoing professional learning and personal growth. The main goals of this course are to examine what constitutes university teaching of high quality and how to document as well as reflect on it through a teaching portfolio. The course pays special attention to the teaching philosophy, criteria for good teaching, and evidence in support of claims as to one's achievement. Discussion of samples and the provision of feedback constitute integral components of the course; following the course, optional one-to-one consultations to discuss teaching philosophy statements and portfolios are available on request.

Session 1 - Developing a Teaching Portfolio: An introductory session

Synopsis
What is a teaching portfolio? How do I start preparing and developing a teaching portfolio at NUS? This introductory session provides faculty members with an overview of developing a portfolio and aims to help you to start thinking about reflecting on and evidencing your own teaching practice. Aside from playing a role in documenting one’s achievement as an academic teacher, a teaching portfolio is further a tool for reflecting upon ongoing professional learning and personal growth. One of the main goals of this session are to examine the key components of a teaching portfolio: the preface and the teaching statement, which consists of a teaching philosophy and 2-3 impact narratives that provide evidence in support of claims as to one's achievement. A second goal is to consider how these components can be put together into a coherent narrative to demonstrate one's strengths, areas of growth, and one’s reflection on practice. This workshop leads to two further sessions, namely a writing seminar on impact narratives and one on the teaching philosophy statement. Following the session, optional one-to-one consultations to discuss your own teaching portfolio are available on request.

Please refer to this page for details about the Introductory Session.

Session 2 - Teaching Portfolio: Impact Narratives (Writing Seminar)

Synopsis
How do I demonstrate my achievement as a university teacher? How do I use evidence to make a case for being a good teacher? This hands-on writing seminar will build on the workshop ’Developing a Teaching Portfolio: An Introductory Session’ by providing participants with the opportunity to identify their key teaching strengths and craft an argument, rather than merely list all achievements. For the purposes of the seminar, each participant will focus on one such strength: a significant practice or undertaking through which you believe you have made a positive contribution to students’ learning or, if relevant, through which you have contributed to improving institutional practice at the university (educational leadership). The seminar will provide time for working on your own impact narrative, examining and critiquing examples of impact narratives, and exchanging drafts for feedback. Following the session, optional one-to-one consultations to discuss your own impact narrative are available on request.

Please refer to this page for details about Session 2.

Session 3 - Teaching Portfolio: Teaching Philosophy Statement (Writing Seminar)

Synopsis
As documentation of teaching achievement a portfolio requires demonstration of impact: evidence of your contributions to students’ education or, if relevant, to improving institutional practice at the university (educational leadership). Such evidence needs to be integrated into an argument rather than merely listed, with the teaching portfolio consisting of 2-3 such brief impact narratives underpinned by a statement of your teaching philosophy. Building on the workshops ’Developing a Teaching Portfolio: An Introductory Session’ and ‘Teaching Portfolio: Impact Narratives’, this hands-on writing seminar will focus on drafting a teaching philosophy statement that articulates your beliefs and values about university teaching, as well as your goals and strategies as a teacher. The seminar will provide time for working on your own teaching philosophy statement, examining and critiquing examples of other statements, and exchanging drafts for feedback. Following the session, optional one-to-one consultations to discuss your own teaching philosophy statement, impact narrative, or full teaching portfolio are available on request.

Please refer to this page for details about Session 3.

Course Leaders

  • Mark GAN
  • Johan GEERTSEMA
  • Adrian LEE
  • LEE Kooi Cheng

For further information about the teaching portfolio course, please contact:

Mark GAN
Associate Director, CDTL
e-mail: cdtgjs@nus.edu.sg