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Introduction to Teaching Portfolios

We all need to write a teaching portfolio at one time or another during our lives as academics, whether it’s for an application for a new job, for a promotion or contract renewal, for a teaching award nomination or for an application for fellowship of a professional body, such as the Higher Education Academy/ Advance HE in the UK.  Some people also choose to create a teaching portfolio as a tool for on-going self-reflection, allowing them to document and reflect upon their attempts, both successful and unsuccessful, to enhance their teaching.

This section of the Grange web site provides support for anyone preparing for the task of creating a teaching portfolio.  It includes links to the websites of a variety of universities around the world, and samples of authentic teaching portfolios from a range of disciplines.  For many academics, their teaching portfolios also need to take account of relevant local or national teaching standards frameworks, such as the Professional Standards Framework, which underpins fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or the new Universitas 21 Teaching Standards Framework.  Both of these frameworks are explained in this section.