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Portfolios are being used in a variety of contexts in higher education, and they can take many forms. At the CITL we consult with instructors, departments, and schools on portfolios for a variety of purposes.

  • Teaching portfolios, or dossiers, provide evidence of growth in a faculty member's or associate instructor's teaching practice by providing materials and reflective pieces that highlight aspects of course design, teaching and learning assessment, and teaching development.
  • Writing portfolios consist of a longitudinal collection of student work gathered over the course of a semester or throughout a curriculum. Typically, writing portfolios include several pieces of student work that are selected by particular criteria, revised by the student in light of feedback (from instructors and/or peers), and presented with the student's reflective assessment of both the specific pieces of writing in the portfolio and process of writing them. 
  • Portfolios used for programmatic assessment provide ways to look at aggregate student achievement in a program, department, or school.
  • Presentation portfolios can be used as a way of storing student work that can then be showcased in different ways to different audiences.
  • Electronic portfolios provide ways to do all of these things electronically and can facilitate wider distribution of things like presentation portfolios if desired.

For more information or to set up a consultation, please contact us.