Teaching Commons > Teaching Guides > Reflective Practice > Teaching Portfolios
Teaching portfolios should include a
teaching philosophy and a set of artifacts that provide evidence for your claims. Be sure to select a range of materials that provide a holistic picture of your teaching. For example, including only syllabi will not provide your audience with an idea of how you typically structure class time. Handouts, presentation slides, and descriptions of in-class activities better flesh out the day-to-day aspects of your teaching.
Common portfolio artifacts include:
For a comprehensive list of artifacts, see Vanderbilt University’s page on
teaching portfolio components.
In addition to selecting varied artifacts, consider how many items you would like to include. Archiving dozens of artifacts in your portfolio may be helpful for reflecting on how your teaching has changed over time, but too many may feel overwhelming and difficult to navigate for others, especially if contained in a single PDF file. Including a smaller selection of materials will keep your portfolio focused.
When creating digital portfolios, it is important to follow best practices for web design:
The following are best practices for preparing your portfolio as a print document, PDF file, or physical binder:
Cheryl Ball, of West Virginia University, uses her digital teaching portfolio to track her development as a teaching professional over time. Made up of “snapshots” of each course she has taught, her portfolio provides a record of her “teaching challenges and innovations.”
An instructor in DePaul's Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse department, Tricia Hermes demonstrates her record of teaching effectiveness in her portfolio by providing a selection of student evaluation comments and concrete examples of how she responds to student writing.
For more examples of portfolios created by DePaul faculty and instructional staff, visit the Teaching and Learning Certificate Program website. As a part of the certificate program, participants create teaching portfolios and have the option of sharing them with the DePaul community.