Portfolio Requirements

The portfolio you create in the TLCP is similar to a traditional teaching portfolio in that it will include a statement of teaching philosophy and sample teaching materials. What makes the TLCP portfolio unique is that it will ask you to engage with ideas that emerge from the workshops and events you attended. You will speak to your experiences in the program in both your holistic reflection and in your workshop response.

Basic Requirements

A TLCP teaching portfolio should contain the following four basic components:

1. Statement of Teaching Philosophy

As you draft or revise your statement of teaching philosophy, consider what you uncovered about your approach to teaching and learning at the Orientation to the TLCP workshop. See the Teaching Commons resource page on teaching philosophies for ideas and inspiration.

2. Holistic Reflection

Writing a holistic reflection is an opportunity for you to articulate how your experiences in the Teaching and Learning Certificate Program have been meaningful. Your reflection can take any form you choose, such as a written piece, an audio recording, a video, or a slideshow. No matter what form you choose, the reflection should focus on the following three questions:

  1. What initial goals did you set for yourself when you started the program? Have you accomplished those goals?
  2. What workshops did you participate in? How did your participation in these workshops impact your teaching practice?
  3. What are you taking away from the program? In what ways, if any, did your approach to teaching and learning change?

3. Workshop Response 

This portfolio component invites you to take action based on what you learned at one of the four Teaching Commons workshops you attended and to connect your workshop experience to your teaching. Your response can be to any of the workshops you attended as part of the program. Below are some examples of ways that you might highlight action in your response:

  • Experiment: Take a suggestion or idea inspired by the workshop and test it out. Write a response about your experience that discusses how you implemented the new approach, technique, or strategy into your teaching and that analyzes how well you think it worked.
  • Revise: Based on one of your experiences at a workshop, revise a current lesson plan, assignment, unit, or syllabus. Write a response that explains what changes you made to the original lesson plan, assignment, unit, or syllabus and why you made those changes.
  • Create: Develop a new assignment, activity, rubric, or course resource based on what you learned in the workshop. Share your end product in your response and explain the connection to the workshop.
  • Share: Describe how the workshop has inspired you to share new teaching and learning ideas with others in your department or field. For example, if you attend a workshop on low-stakes assignments, you might find that you want to share ideas for low-stakes assignments at a faculty meeting or at the annual DePaul Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference. Another possibility may be developing your own research on teaching resulting in a journal article or an external conference presentation. You might even want to lead a Teaching Commons workshop!

4. Sample Teaching Materials

The sample teaching materials that you include should be carefully selected to support the other artifacts in your portfolio. For example, you could include an assignment prompt that illustrates a claim you make about your approach to teaching in your statement of teaching philosophy, a rubric that you developed in a Teaching Commons workshop that you mention in your response, or an in-class activity that is representative of a new teaching method that you discuss in your holistic reflection.

See the Teaching Commons page on teaching portfolios for a list of teaching materials commonly included in portfolios.

Beyond the Basics

As long as your portfolio includes the four required components (teaching philosophy, holistic reflection, workshop reflection, and sample teaching materials), you will receive a Teaching and Learning Certificate. However, if you wish to go above and beyond the basic requirements, consider these qualities of strong TLCP portfolios.

In the video below, two TLCP participants explain why they found creating a digital teaching portfolio to be valuable experience.

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