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A course portfolio is an organized means of tracking teaching strategies in a specific course over a semester. Its purpose is to save time and effort by providing a faculty member with the opportunity to record and map the effectiveness of any piece of a course design.
Nothing about the content of a course portfolio is new to any instructor; it is simply a tool that helps instructors take advantage of their own creativity. The portfolio belongs exclusively to the instructor and is intended to function formatively, not summatively because it emphasizes the process of pedagogical development.
Course components include all the material that support the course: syllabus, assignments (in and outside of class), tests, handouts. Of critical importance is a description of all the objectives for the course.
Student evaluations include any reports of student performance; statistical reporting is especially helpful for an assessment overview.
Reflection includes all thoughts the instructor has on the effectiveness of any aspect of the course.
Easily. Every component of the course is added to the portfolio when it is distributed to the class so that the instructor has a chronological map of how these materials are integrated.
Note: the files require the latest version of Acrobat Reader, which is available as a free download.
At the end of the semester the instructor has a complete and holistic picture of the course, ideally bracketed by objectives at the beginning of the portfolio and assessment of how those objectives were achieved at the end.
Feel free to adapt the forms available and let me know how they work or do not work for you.
For more information about the Center for Teaching Excellence, please contact:
Becky Kasper, Ph.D., Director
301 Feinberg Library, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 564-3043
Fax: (518) 564-5100