Saturday, April 12, 2014

ePortfolios - Artifacts of Learning

Portfolios provide an opportunity to showcase the your skills to potential employers and colleagues. In art and creative works such as makeup artistry or film, a portfolio would include examples of your work that show off your greatest strengths.

In a competency based portfolio, learners are providing examples of that illustrate their experience with or competence in the various skills or behaviors intended to be exhibited for that role. When I was on the board for the Ottawa Women's Credit Union, each of the directors were required to develop a Director Competencies Binder to leave that the credit union.  I headed up a project to help everyone organize and develop their portfolios, and many needed some idea of what to include in their binder. The following list came from a fabulous article I found on the CityU - ePortfolios for All website:
I provided this list to the Board as a guide to help trigger ideas about the kinds of things that could be used.  I have also added a few other items that had come out of discussions with the board...

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  • Resume
  • Job responsibilities
  • Personal and professional work 
  • Testimonials from superiors/colleagues/students
  • Goals (Short- & long-term) [Think about the important results you should accomplish as a teacher and record these as goal statements]
  • Standards [Standards you are/have been evaluated against]
  • Research projects/papers/publications
  • Feedback Questionnaire data [Results and your reflections on it]
  • Links to websites relevant to your purpose, e.g. your course site
  • Photos
  • Case studies [Studies of a student's growth over a period of time]
  • Organising events, field trips [Copies of programs, correspondence with agents involved, letter of invitation, memos etc.]
  • Research papers/publications
  • Conference/public speaking presentations
  • Video of classroom teaching/workshop
  • Digital stories
  • Emails/letters/cards from colleagues/employers/peers [Formal and informal assessments of you by colleagues/employers/peers]
  • Plans for professional development [Short- & long-term plans for professional development]
  • Description of workshops attended
  • Special skills/knowledge [Technology skills, language skills, etc]
  • Teaching materials you have authored [Rubrics or assessment instruments you have developed/selected to guide and measure student performance] 
  • Awards/Certificates/Grants
  • Action research [Research you have done about ways to improve classroom instruction, student learning, and your own practices]
  • Screenshots, links and images of layout/designs you have created
  • Sample assignment and the results your learners produced.
  • Technical writing samples
  • Video tour, orientation video of your online learning space

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