Starting Your Professional Development Portfolio: a guide to (e)Portfolio practice for those who teach in Higher Education



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This report is a resource developed from the SATLE 2018 Initiative: Professional Development Capacity Building in Higher Education: Extending provision for national impact through a flexible pathways approach.

Benefit of this resource and how to make the best use of it

This resource is designed to support those who wish to create – or update – a professional development teaching and learning portfolio to document and evidence their engagement in professional development to enhance academic practice in Higher Education (HE). There is a growing body of literature highlighting the use of portfolios to support academic professional learning activities and reflective practice in Higher Education (e.g. Hamilton 2018; Hoekstra and Crocker 2015; O’Farrell 2007; Pelger and Larsson 2018). Described as ‘a purposeful collection of evidence, consisting of descriptions, documents and examples of what is good teaching for the teacher’ (de Rijdt et al. 2006, p.1086), portfolios are being used in multiple ways to support PD: to provide evidence of a quality approach to professional development, to document teaching practices for the purposes of promotion, to showcase and reflect on academic practice and to provide evidence of engagement with PD activities. An eportfolio adds an extra dimension to the affordances of a more traditional portfolio through the potential inclusion of multimedia artefacts such as audio, video and text to capture, share and
reflect on academic practice.

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