Guidelines for pedagogical portfolio
– how to document your pedagogical qualifications
When someone is promoted or recruited to Chalmers University of Technology, pedagogical qualifications and competence must be confirmed in a separate pedagogical portfolio.
The portfolio needs to be both qualitative and quantitative so that a pedagogical expert can assess the applicant's pedagogical competence (see University appointment regulations for teaching and research faculty at Chalmers, pages 3-5).
Under each section, describe what you have done, how you have worked and why, as well as what the results have been and how your work has contributed to further development. Substantiate your qualifications and efforts in a suitable manner, for example with course documentation, publications, grades, certificates and references. All documentation is to be attached as appendices and be referred to under each section (see section 10 below).
Formulations should be brief, clear and concise, and make sure your pedagogical competence stands out. The recommended scope is approximately 10 pages, excluding appendices.
1. Background and brief presentation
Write a short introductory presentation of your working life and research background, including your pedagogical duties and experience, to help the pedagogy expert get an overview of your qualifications. If you have already described this in a letter of application, for example, refer to that document.
a) Education in subject area
Describe your education in the specific subject area. If this information is found in your CV, refer to that document.
b) Pedagogical training
Describe the courses in pedagogy you have completed. If you have knowledge about teaching and student learning that you have acquired in a different way, describe it here.
3. Experience of teaching and supervision
Write a summary of your teaching and supervision experience. State the extent and variation of your experience, as well as which roles you have had.
· Courses on undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level, as well as professional development.
· Bachelor's and Master degree projects, licentiate theses and doctoral theses.
If you have extensive experience, you can limit documentation, for example to the past five years or to a selection of teaching and supervision assignments that substantiate your pedagogical competence. List courses, supervised thesis and projects in appendices.
4. Your pedagogical activities: approach, reflection and development
This section is one of the most important parts of the pedagogical portfolio. Describe your basic pedagogical outlook; that is, describe your approach to teaching, supervision and student learning that forms the basis for your pedagogical work. By describing and reflecting on your pedagogical activities and conditions for learning, clarify your approach to current and future pedagogical assignments.
Under a-c below, select a few examples from your pedagogical activities to exemplify your pedagogical competence. For each example, carefully:
· Describe and reflect on what you have done, how you have worked and justify why you chose that way of working, what has gone well and what could be improved, how your way of working promotes student learning and what the results of your pedagogical work have been.
· Describe and reflect on how your pedagogical activities are based on proven experience and how they relate to theory, development and research in higher education.
· Describe your future goals and visions and your views upon future pedagogical work and continued skills development.
a) Select 1-2 courses from your pedagogical activities and show how you work as a teacher.
Your course examples might include how you have planned, implemented, evaluated and developed a course, course element, laboratory experiment or exam.
b) Select 1-2 supervision assignments to demonstrate how you work as a supervisor.
c) Select 1-2 examples that demonstrate how you act as responsible for other higher education assignments. This might cover pedagogical development projects, for example, or assignments as e.g., vice head of department, teacher team leader, head of programme, or dean of education.
Materials such as course descriptions, lecture plans, exam tasks, laboratory experiments, reports on pedagogical development work or other materials that you have developed should be attached as appendices.
5. Production of study materials
Describe your efforts to produce study materials, compendiums, lab tutorials, etc. Indicate the target group and the degree of your own effort. Clearly describe your pedagogical considerations, for example on the basis of the didactic questions of what, how and why. Also describe to what extent others use the study materials you have produced.
6. Management in the field of education
Describe the leadership duties you have performed in the field of education such as for example head of department/vice head of department, head of programme, teacher team leader, educational supervisor, study advisor, director of studies or dean of education. Committee work related to educational issues is also considered to be a qualification. State your duties and how you have worked. Describe the results of your work in terms of continued pedagogical development. If it is relevant, preferably refer to your examples under section 4c.
7. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
The concept of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) – entails developing a research approach to one’s teaching. The concept includes continuously working to improve the conditions for student learning, as well as sharing experiences of teaching and learning with colleagues. Sharing can take place within a specific subject area or on a more general basis, as well as locally or internationally.
Describe how and to what extent you have collaborated with colleagues on teaching and student learning, for example by participating in higher education conferences, pedagogy publications and other types of experience sharing.
8. Pedagogical activities and knowledge sharing outside the university world
Describe the pedagogical activities you have pursued outside the university world. This might cover knowledge sharing related to research and education with the surrounding community, for example at science festivals or in popular science publications.
If you have been active in environments outside the university world and have experience from project management, staff training or similar, share this information here. The pedagogical content must be clear for all of the activities you describe.
9. Other pedagogical qualifications
Describe other pedagogical qualifications that you consider relevant such as pedagogy awards, study trips with a pedagogical purpose, pedagogical mentoring, cooperation on issues related to education and participation in pedagogy networks.
Present the appendices to which you refer in your pedagogical portfolio in a clear and transparent manner. For example, use a numbered table of contents with a clear heading for each appendix. All of the appendices listed must be referred to in the running text.
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Document revised 25th of August 2015
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