Creating an Electronic Teaching Portfolio: Showcase Your Growth and Professional Development

How to Create an Electronic Teaching Portfolio

A teaching portfolio is a great way to showcase your growth as an educator. It can include certifications, workshops you have attended and even testimonials from students and previous employers.

Having them distributed on the web makes them more accessible to others. But creating one requires careful planning and consideration of school policies on student privacy and internet safety.

Organize Your Work

An educator portfolio can be a binder of paper-based materials, neatly organized and presented or it can be digital, with videos and other multimedia elements. Regardless of the format, a teacher’s portfolio should show that she is an effective educational professional.

The nonlinear nature of the web can help in this effort, as it enables readers to view the different parts of the portfolio in a variety of ways. But students should still think about how the various pieces fit together, so that they make sense to someone who is not familiar with the work.

A cluttered portfolio is unappealing and hard to read. So it’s important to choose which teaching artifacts to include. For example, students can highlight their best lesson plans or a student project. But they should also think about what it takes to be an effective teacher. These are skills that are not easily quantifiable, such as cultural sensitivity and an ability to inspire student enthusiasm.

Create a Navigation Menu

ePortfolios allow students to showcase their work in an online presentation that can be shared with different audiences. They can also use their ePortfolios to document their learning in ways that support the development of new skills. For example, an ePortfolio can help students develop the skills of planning and organising content, giving and receiving feedback and reflecting.

Art teachers often feel like they are pulling their hair out when it comes to assessing student work that is scattered across several locations (embedded YouTube videos, obscurely labelled files in online folders, hardcopy drawings and sketches, or over-sized files attached via email). An online ePortfolio acts as a central hub that collates all of the evidence in one place, making it easier to review and assess.

Many ePortfolio platforms include an option to create a dynamic menu that appears as the user scrolls down the page. This navigation system is popular because it enables the user to access all of the hierarchical information in the site at once. The menu text can include hyperlinks to allow visitors to jump between the different site sections without having to return to the top of the page.

Include Testimonials

In addition to student work, an ePortfolio can include testimonials from parents, previous employers or teachers. Testimonials can give prospective employers a real-life perspective on a student’s teaching abilities and capabilities.

It can also be useful to share an ePortfolio at school open days and career nights, so that visitors get a glimpse into the classroom environment. However, students should always ensure that their ePortfolio does not contain any identifying information – including phone numbers, age and addresses – that would compromise them in the future (automatic bots harvest email addresses to sell to spammers).

An online portfolio can be presented on a website, blog or social media platform such as Ning, Edmodo or KidBlogs. Alternatively, it can be a traditional paper portfolio or in print. In this YouTube video, a teacher demonstrates her comprehensive teaching portfolio that includes comments from her students. She also discusses the benefits of using an ePortfolio for teaching.

Include Your Education and Teaching Experience

Educators are encouraged to keep their teaching portfolios up-to-date at all times. Even if they aren’t currently job searching, it’s important to include professional development activities that can help them with their career growth. This way, they will be ready to go if they are ever job-searching again.

It is also a good idea to include testimonials from your students, parents and previous employers in your teaching portfolio. This will show your ability to create strong relationships with people in and out of the classroom.

Using a teaching e-portfolio can increase educators’ awareness of excellent teaching by providing a platform for them to self-evaluate and self-regulate their activities. Moreover, it can be used as a motivational roadmap for educators’ personal and professional development in the future. [17] This was the finding of a recent study conducted at Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences in Iran. The researchers found that the educators had positive experiences in utilizing a teaching e-portfolio as it provided them with a mechanism for self-reflection and planning to improve their teaching.

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