Web-Based Portfolios for Teachers, Students, and Schools

NESA 2004, Bangkok, Thailand
Friday, April 2, 2004
Professor Patrick Dickson
Michigan State University

This is a quick page designed for people who are considering participating in my one-day workshop at NESA (Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools) in Bangkok.

Sunday, March 28th...Hi! I'm enjoying a relaxing day here in balmy Bangkok, after presenting at the EARCOS Teachers' Conference and looking forward to seeing you on Friday.

You can get a good sense of what the NESA workshop will be like by looking at the resources that I am working from:


NESA Homepage: http://www.nesacenter.org/ . The description of the workshop on the NESA Program is online. The day, Friday, April 2, begins with a plenary session featuring a presentation by Michael Thompson. My workshiop consists of three sessions, 11:00-12:00, 1:30-3:00, and 3:30-5:00. (See description online or below for details.)

If you are thinking of taking the workshop, please email me with "NESA" in the subject field... I always enjoy knowing more about what participants are interested in learning.

The workshop will showcase many examples of portfolios created by teachers with whom I have worked, as well as provide links to sets of resources about portfolios and for creating portfolios. You can see some of these examples by reading my AERA paper, which includes links to examples.

Portfolios on the Web: A Shared Resource for Personal and Institutional Improvement.

The workshop is intended to engage your thinking about the portfolio concept as it can apply to you at different points in your career and in various forms, from teaching portfolio, to classroom portfolio and school portfolio, and portfolios for certification.

One goal of the workshop is to encourage teachers to consider pursuing NBPTS Certification, if they wish to do so.

NBPTS: National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.
Visit the NBPTS website.A couple of resources are worth taking a look at before NESA.

Independent Study Confirms Effectiveness of National Board Certification. This newly released study is receiving a lot of favorable press. You can read more at Education Week (you'll need to complete a quick free registration):

The Digital Edge Learning Interchange. Great resource, including "Exhibits" by 58 Board Certified teachers. Picture yourself here!

David Lustick is a former international school teacher who was one of the first teachers to become Board Certified. He is finishing up his dissertation, which is a study of what teachers learn from the process. I've learned a lot from interviewing him about NBPTS that I will share with you in the NESA workshop.

You can link to other information about my work with portfolios at my homepage.

Meanwhile, I would be interested in receiving email from anyone who is considering participating in this workshop telling me about their interests and, if you are willing, sending me web addresses for your own or your school's portfolio. Just email me at pdickson@msu.edu.

I am looking forward to working with you at NESA.


Workshop Description

I am passionate about the power of Web-based portfolios as tools for individual and institutional expression and improvement. The workshop will present a comprehensive view of the portfolio concept and how it has evolved over time to encompass teachers' professional portfolios, student portfolios, and school portfolios.
The workshop will begin with a focus on Web-based portfolios for teachers' professional development, with extensive examples from actual portfolios created by teachers in courses I have taught. The workshop will emphasize the multiple benefits to teachers, their students, and their schools from "making good work visible to the community."

The second session of the workshop will focus on various models for presenting student work in Web-based portfolios, ranging from "classroom portfolios" of student work created by the teacher to "school portfolios" presenting student work from across the school, to "student portfolios" published by the students themselves. A rich set of examples of these different models will be presented and the practical and pedagogical issues around implementing these different models.

The third session will focus on how teachers can develop professional portfolios to help them obtain recognition from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. Examples of high quality teacher professional portfolios and a set of websites that teachers can use to learn to publish high quality websites will be shown. All participants will be encouraged to develop a personal plan for how to extend their current skills with Web publishing and a set of goals for their own professional development using the power of Web-based portfolios.

Patrick Dickson is a Professor in the PhD Program on Learning, Technology, and Culture at Michigan State University. He taught workshops on uses of portfolios in education at many international schools beginning in 1993. During the past decade his teaching and research on uses of portfolios in education has broadened to emphasize the power of Web-based portfolios for teachers and students. During this time he has participated in the implementation of portfolio requirements in many of the undergraduate and graduate programs in the College. Most recently he has been teaching an online course on electronic portfolios to students around the globe as a part of MSU's online masters degree in education, as well as the online capstone seminar for the masters degree, in which students create a Web-based portfolio.

My homepage


I am also presenting a workshop at EARCOS Teachers' Conference 2004, in Bangkok on March 27, 2004.
EARCOS: East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools

Web-Based Portfolios: The Power of Making Good Work Visible

Saturday, March 27, 10:00 - 11:30
Web-based portfolios amplify the many benefits of the portfolio concept. This presentation will showcase examples of teachers’ portfolios developed in Pat’s courses on electronic portfolios and in the capstone seminar for Michigan State University’s completely online masters degree and discuss how making good work visible can benefit individuals and organizations.