A teaching portfolio is an organized and systematic collection and compilation of documents used as evidence for teaching performance. It consists of a collection of documents and description of lecturers’ roles and responsibilities, contributions, as well as achievements which demonstrate the scope and quality of their teaching. It also acts as an evidence of the various activities carried out in relation to the enhancement of teaching and learning, research and service.
A teaching portfolio encapsulates the lecturer’s craft, their contributions and achievements in an organized and a systematic way, readily made available for the purpose of current and future reference in relation to annual appraisal, confirmation of position, promotion exercise, extension of service or contract, conferment of awards, etc.
Hence, the teaching portfolio provides an opportunity to foster a culture of teaching excellence as it can be used as a source of information and evidence of teaching activities, contributions and achievements.
The teaching portfolio documents a lecturer’s professional journey as evident in reflective activities and evaluation of a lecturer’s work throughout the process of teaching and learning. It may include the following information:
- Record of teaching duties and responsibilities in the form of course information, lesson plan, time table, etc.
- Record of teaching related duties and responsibilities such as supervision, academic advising, etc.
- Description of instructional materials developed and used
- Description of assessment methods employed
- Samples of students’ work
Through the process of continuous reflection and self-evaluation, lecturers can keep track of their performance over time. As such, the teaching portfolio shifts from the emphasis on teaching the content only as formerly practiced to an approach which focuses on both the content and by addressing questions such as:
- What do I teach?
- How do I teach?
- Why do I teach the way I do?
- What do I plan to do to improve the way I teach?
A teaching portfolio, therefore, is both a product and a process. As a product, it consists of a collection of documents and evidences of teaching performance and accomplishments, and as a process it involves the lecturer describing and reflecting on the teaching and learning activities as well as innovations towards effective teaching.
In addition, a teaching portfolio is a tool that can be used to gauge an individual lecturer’s performance based on evidence of activities and accomplishments.
All UiTM lecturers are required to create and continuously update their own Teaching Portfolio for each course that they teach, following the template provided in the link below.