Electronic Course Portfolios as a Tool to Support the Scholarship of Teaching Bridgett Piernik-Yoder, PhD UT Health Science Center at San Antonio February 24, 2009
Scholarship of Teaching• Requires active and deliberate exploration of the teaching process1,2,3• Supports exploration of student learning• Invites peer review• Addresses standards of scholarship 1 – Clear goals – Appropriate Methods – Reflective Critique
Portfolios and Scholarship of Teaching• Means to demonstrate standards of scholarship of teaching4,5• Facilitates documentation of teaching process• Course materials and products are presented• Formats may vary
Benefits of an Electronic Format• Dynamic and flexible approach• Ability to include digital media• Readily modified and updated• Facilitates review and sharing
Possible Portfolio Contents• Course development process• Learning goals and activities• Course materials such as syllabus, handouts, and assignments• Evidence of student learning• Student reflection and feedback• Course changes and improvements
Challenges from the Faculty Member’s Perspective• Development of the portfolio – Deciding what to include or exclude – Confidentiality of student information – Time requirements – Continuation• Technical issues – Format – Hosting
Conclusions• Electronic course portfolios support the scholarship of teaching• Development requires reflection of teaching practices• Electronic format is flexible and adaptable• Facilitates sharing of teaching practices• Faculty members will benefit from support from IT professionals
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