Are you interested in starting a teaching portfolio

Creating a teaching portfolio requires you to review and adapt not just your activities and your programmes but your values and beliefs about teaching.

All teachers should aim for a teaching portfolio which covers the last five years of their teaching career. You can use this portfolio for performance management, promotion, and teaching awards.
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See Peter Drucker for a reminder about who is responsible for our professional development. Click HERE.
Individual Development


 The important thing is not that you have rank,
but that you have responsibility

by Dr. Peter Drucker
The person with the most responsibility for an individual's development is the person him or herself – not the boss. The best priority for one's own development is to strive for excellence. Workmanship counts, not just because it makes a difference in the quality of the job done, but because it makes such a difference in the person doing the job. Expect the job to provide stimulus only if you work on your own self-renewal, only if you create the excitement, the challenge, the transformation that makes an old job enriching over and over again. The most effective road to self-renewal is to look for the unexpected success and run with it.

The critical factor for success is accountability – holding yourself accountable. Everything else flows from that. The important thing is not that you have rank, but that you have responsibility. To be accountable, you must take the job seriously enough to recognize: I've got to grow up to the job. By focusing on accountability, people take a bigger view of themselves.

ACTION POINT: Strive for excellence


Personal Benefits of Practice Portfolios

Dr Laurel Edmunds and Jessica Pryce-Jones have researched the issue of happiness at work at length and have produced the following definition from their findings:


Happiness at work is about mindfully making the best use of the resources you have to overcome the challenges you face. Actively relishing the highs and managing the lows will help you maximize your performance and achieve your potential. And this not only builds your happiness but also that of others who will be affected and energized by what you do.

From Happiness at Work


We have chosen a visual representation to explain what you are aiming for; that is, to create a showcase portfolio. This portfolio will meet the criteria for your promotion or award. However, before you can create that showcase portfolio you will need to keep a developmental portfolio for a number of years. A developmental portfolio will include your reflections of teaching as you work as a practitioner. Some of these reflections will be very personal and you may not wish to include them unedited in a showcase portfolio. For these reasons you will need the bigger, private developmental portfolio, and draw from it to create your smaller, public showcase portfolio.

By the end of this forum you will be able to:
Understand the terminology, concepts and principles of
academic portfolios.
Collect, select, and reflect on evidence for a
Human Dimension:
Collaborate with peers, student and stakeholders to support your portfolio.
Create and maintain a practice portfolio for a range of professional purposes.
Learning how to Learn:
Access, evaluate and share resources.
Initiate and sustain a professional profile.
Integrate your portfolio within your professional practice.
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Inspiration from Jack Zerby on Vimeo.


Portfolios have a language all of their own. So we are giving you some of the key words here before you start on your learning journey. If you have an additional words or terms you would like added just add a comment and we will be sure to add yours to the list.

Practice portfolio: An all encompassing term for any portfolio demonstrating professional practice.

Teaching portfolio: A professional portfolio tailored to the teaching and learning context.
A narrative portfolio tells a personal story. Your portfolio should be written in the first person and tell your story as a teacher. A good portfolio should be a dialogue and record not only your voice, but also the voices of your students, colleagues, peers, the community or key stakeholders. Here are some resources which take a detailed look at creating a teaching portfolio.

Portfolios are usually in the form of a dialogue: Here is a link to creating teaching portfolios on The Power of Teacher Portfolio for Professional Development that focuses on the discussion aspect of portfolios. Your portfolio should contain some brief comments from your peers, your manager, your students, and the community stakeholders. See Lisa Emerson's award winning portfolio as an example of how to do this well. Lisa Emerson was New Zealand's Supreme Tertiary Teacher in 2008. CLICK HERE FOR MORE....

Showcase portfolio: This is your 'front of house' portfolio where you demonstrate your career and achievements to a chosen audience(s). Who might these audiences be?

Developmental Portfolios This is your "back room", where work that is not ready for publication is stored. This aspect of your portfolio captures your reflections as you develop as a teacher. Treat this more as a professional development space where you prepare material for showcase portfolios.

Indepth reflective dialogue: You will need this to create a developmental portfolio. Here is a nice introduction to reflection. We also recommend this video to you on reflective practice.

Self managing professional: The aim of a teaching portfolio is to make you a self managing teaching professional. For a quick intro and path to a career plan, read more here.

You may like to use portfolio as part of your annual performance management self evaluation. Here is a simple guide to self evaluation for performance management purposes. How to Perform Self Evaluation for a Positive Performance Review.

An Example Portfolio.
This example portfolio was created using Posterous  The portfolio has both a blog and pages (or tabs) function.  Click the side tabs to find out what each page could contain.
This portfolio was created using Blogger and can be found at
The portfolio has no pages, and uses only blog posts to showcase the work of the teachers.
Portfolios structured on teacher competencies

The teaching dimension of your portfolio needs to be based on a clear understanding of the principles of your teacher competencies. These are well explained in the Ako Aotearoa National Tertiary Teaching Awards criteria. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the criteria. Once again you are asked to focus on the four teaching competencies.

Here's a link to the latest 2010 Ako Aotearoa Tertiary Teaching Excellence award winners. Check out this lovely short news video about Scott Bregman, one of the 2010 award winners from Wellington Institute of Technology - the message: there's no one-size-fits-all recipe for teaching excellence! Here's another video from a previous Tertiary Teaching Excellence award winner. As you watch, think about how you could translate this sort of passion for teaching and the subject into a teaching portfolio.


A copy of the 2008 Award winners portfolios is also attached below. If your particular interest is in applying for the Ako Aotearoa awards, you may like to join our Tertiary Teaching Awards group.

Build your teaching portfolio around these key themes.
  • Design: Programme design, course design, and lesson planning.
  • Facilitation: Delivery and management of teaching and learning.
  • Assessment: Formative and summative.  Feedback and relationship to student confidence and capability.
  • Evaluation: Student, peer and your own reflections on your teaching
Now to work and constructing your portfolio!

Portfolios for promotion address a range of skills and attributes

Our focus in this workshop resource is on teaching portfolios, but a portfolio for academic promotion typically includes a focus on a range of skills and competencies, including professional leadership, research contributions, and your particular expertise in your disciplinary area. Please refer to Unitec resources for further criteria on academic promotion criteria.
This blog post from our academic advisors also provides a great set of reflective questions to get you started on an in-depth dialogue.


We are great believers in e-portfolios. We have created a Moodle site with loads of information. So check it out here.

e-Portfolios are not a new concept. In various guises, digital presentations of skills and competences, online records of achievement and action plans with opportunities for reflection have been in use in education for nearly a decade. Tools and systems built for these purposes are now numerous. So what is new about e-portfolios? Click Here for JISC Effective Practice with E-Portfolios. Helen Barrett is the world expert on e-Portfolios. You can check out her website for tools and tricks. Helen Barrett's website includes a list of useful online web 2.0 portfolio tools.

E-portfolios (for managers, academics and others) are becoming increasingly popular around the world as a tool to enhance learning and assist with personal career development. Click HERE to access the lastest developments from the Flexible Learning Network in Australia.

Here are some online examples of e-portfolios from our e-portfolio Moodle course:

Some options for where to host your e-Portfolio

Jump on Google and search for options for hosting your e-portfolio. There are loads of options, some paid services (like this Ning), others free with advertisements.
  • Ning, which is where this site is hosted. Currently it's US$2.95 per month for a basic ad-free plan.
  • LinkedIn. Originally for business professionals, it now has a number of ways you can create a portfolio of practice.
  • facebook is ubiqiuitous but not only for teens! It's increasingly used by businesses and organisations to profile their activities. You can have more than one online profile here if that suits your needs, e.g. one for your friends and another for your professional profile.
  • tumblr. is a blogging platform - "share anything, customize everything". tumblr. allows you to post from your email and mobile phone.
  • Postess is a very simple form of online portfolio. You will have a few easily manageable pages. So for the beginner this could be a manageable platform. Students may also benefit from this platform.
  • Pebblepad is a paid service specialising in reflective e-portfolios.
  • webs provides free websites.
  • Posterous - "the easiest way to post and share anything". Easy to customise and apply templates. Send your posts from email or mobile phone, then share them with your followers.  Nice crisp finish.
  • Blogger A Google application.  You can use your gmail address to login.  A simple blogging platform, used by the best of blogging professionals, and allows pages as well.
  • Wordpress: For the experienced only. A fabulous tool but quite technical.
  • Flavorsme One webpage, limited but simple, can draw all you online presence together.

Unitec Staff Portfolios

An Academic Portfolio |



Tips from previous workshops
Your colleagues who have previously participated in this workshop have come up with some top class tips.  Read about them here, and feel free to add more to this public and editable document on Google docs.
Polishing your Portfolio

Your portfolio needs some input from others, your peers, students and external stakeholders. Feel free to add documents, photos, videos, Powerpoints etc. Finally, be sure to develop your teaching philosophy. Here are some very cool tools to help you find yourself as a teacher. These tools will help you define yourself as a teacher, so set aside some time to complete the surveys. Click here.

You will need to print your portfolio for assessment by the Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awrads panel or a promotions committee. There is software applications to help you print from a blog.  See

What's next?

Finally, if you find more useful resources we would love you to share them with us. All you need to do is add a comment to this forum and add the link or upload the document. Thank you for working with us to create the best teachers at Unitec.

For some examples of education blogs built with posterous go to

Last updated by Diana Ayling Sep 25, 2012.

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