Welcome to Practice Portfolios for Teachers and other Professionals. My Name is Diana Ayling, I am a performance developer and academic adviser in Auckland, New Zealand. Today as we work through practice portfolios you will be looking at my portfolio which is available at http://pracport.posterous.com We are going to look at three aspects of practice portfolios What they are What value they give professionals and how to create them. So what is a practice portfolio? A collection of information, and resources that evidences you the professional.
You may be wondering why a practitioner would need a portfolio. Firstly, to manage your performance, to evidence your capabilities in your profession, to reflect on your performance, to manage your professional development and to make order from chaos. Secondly, to manage your image, to showcase your achievements, to ease promotion, and award processes. Finally, to present your professional and personal self to the world, particularly the world of web 2.0.
As a starting point Google yourself. Do you like what you see? When I Google Diana Ayling I find, that I have a Google profile, which I created and manage, that I have links to various applications where I am profiled including Twitter, Facebook, Linked in and my own blogs and portfolio. I have carefully managed the information supplied to all these sources.
Here is my practice portfolio. It has a number of sections where you can learn about me in more depth. There are links to my research and professional development, which are important in my current role. I have also included a section &quot;What people say about Diana Ayling&quot; to demonstrate my skills and capabilities.
An important part of my portfolio links to my other activities. So you will find links to Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, and my blogs and online communities of practice. If you click the sidebar links you will find even more information. Notice how I am managing the quantity and quality of the information.
I use my portfolio to evidence my performance in my role as a academic advisor. It is important that what I share with others supports my job description.
If you are interested in starting your own practice portfolio there are some things you need to do. Firstly, select on online platform. There are many to choose from. Ensure you are able to easily use the application. I use posterous.com, it is easy, I can manage privacy settings, upload images and video and it has a nice clean appearance.
The next step is to collect, select, collate and reflect on your resources. As much as possible host your resources online and link them to your portfolio. My research record is held as a Google doc and then linked to my portfolio.
Create content for your portfolio. Tell your story, you can do this with video, podcasts, slidecasts and blogs. In this post I am explaining my role in a pilot Peer Observation of Teaching programme.
Here I am reflecting on my experiences of attending a conference.
Finally, draw all you online presence together. Link to your Twitter, Facebook and Linked In accounts if suitable. Link to your blogs and online communities.
Finally manage your privacy, ensure sensitive material, and work which is in development is private. Invite your colleagues and peers to your portfolio, you might like to give them an opportunity to comment as well.
To sum up practice portfolios are What they are collections of information and resources which tell your story as a professional. They allow you to manage your performance, your image and your exposure. With a bit of help they are easily created and maintained.
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Practice Portfolios for Teachers and Other Professionals Diana Ayling http://pracport.posterous.com