Using Student Portfolios in the College of Education

Patrick Dickson

November 19, 2004

105 Natural Sciences

Michigan State University

"Explorations in Instructional Technology" Brown Bag Series

Contact Professor Byron Brown ( to be added to email list.

Main Point:

The power of authentic work, created in a supportive community, written for an significant audience, with the intent that it be useful beyond the end of a course or degree, preserved over time for the benefit of future students.


In one of your classes ask,
"Please think of the piece of work you have done in connection with a course at MSU that you consider to be one of your best, such as a research paper, an essay, a poem, a photographic essay, etc. 

Write a brief description of what it is and why you consider it to be one of your best.

Then answer these questions:  1) Do you still have a copy of this work?  2) How many people have you shared it with... let them read it or see it... since the course in which you did it ended?"  Discuss students' responses and reactions to this exercise.

If you try this suggestion, I would be interested in what you heard: .

College of Education
Patrick Dickson's Homepage.
AERA 2002: Portfolios on the Web: A Shared Resource for Personal and Institutional Improvement
CEP 813: Electronic Portfolios: Online Course: Spring 2004.
Learning to Learn Software: Ten Heuristics
Jill Cain's webpage of summertime suggestions for her 3rd grade students.
CEP 807: Summer 2004: Capstone course for our on-campus masters in educational technology.
See Exhibition page: "Exhibition" is a key concept in portfolio work.
ED 870: Capstone Course: Online Master of Arts in Education: Summer 2004.
Teaching Portfolio: "Team 2" requirement.
Department of Educational Administration

MSU's Instructional Computing and Technology Committee
Importance: Discussions of AFS space for students, portfolios in relation to ANGEL, etc.

National Context: EDUCAUSE and NLII
Beyond the electronic portfolio: A lifetime personal webspace. (Read this article!)
National Learning Infrastructure Initiative
E-Portfolios: A "key theme".
Electronic Portfolios Virtual Community of Practice.

Portfolios at MSU: Preparing Future Faculty: Graduate Students
Preparing Future Faculty. A national program.
MSU's Certification in College Teaching.
Developed with Karen Klomparens leadership.
"...participants will develop a teaching portfolio to highlight, organize and reflect upon their teaching experiences. Upon completion of the program, the student will receive an MSU Certificate in College Teaching from the appropriate department or college. A transcript notation will also be provided."
MSU Teaching Assistant Program.
Listserv: Email Kevin Johnson to join. (He's terrific resource on portfolios.)
John Zubizarreta's "Electronic Learning Portfolio Web Sites"

Portfolios for Promotion and Tenure
For promotion and tenure: Portland State University.
Texas A&M's Center for Teaching Excellence (Nancy Simpson, Director)
Teaching Portfolio..."provides the most effective method for faculty to meet the promotion and tenure guidelines with regard to documentation of teaching responsibilities."

Related Initiatives at MSU: Emphasizing writing across the curriculum
MSU's "Realizing the Vision"
The Writing Task Final Report will be available Nov. 22nd.
MSU Writing Center
Strategic Vision for Strengthening the Writing Program at MSU. Dec. 15, 2003.
No mention of the word "portfolio".
Calibrated Peer Review. An interesting NSF funded tool for peer evaluation of writing.

MSU Career Services: Undergraduates: Under resources (links from portfolio do not work)