Teaching portfolios are used on many campuses as a means for instructors to document their teaching activities. These can be used by new instructors in a course, for promotion and tenure decisions, for annual reports, and for some grants and publications. Currently UWL does not require teaching portfolios with the exception of for promotion and tenure decisions. These portfolios are typically written just before a promotion or tenure decision, are retrospective, and have minimal peer review. UWL is in the process of switching to an e-portfolio system, and training instructors in how to prepare a high quality teaching portfolio will ensure that we get the most out of this system. Important steps in this process are to collect and document examples of good teaching practices while teaching, concise organization in a format compatible with JPC guidelines, peer review and revision.
Goals of the project:
- Help instructors reflect on their teaching and document their teaching performance.
- Help instructors prepare concise and accurate portfolios for promotion and tenure decisions in a format consistent with JPC guidelines.
- Introduce new instructors to a variety of teaching and assessment methods so that they can begin to collect information for their portfolio in advance.
- Develop portfolios with high quality content that can be placed into the new e-portfolios. This will give the campus several good examples in multiple disciplines for other instructors to follow.