Sara Newman: Seattle University, Supporting New Faculty Success

Portfolio Products Submission Guide

Throughout your program, you’ll be selecting products from your courses to put into a portfolio. Within each of the four courses, there will be one assignment that we’ll require you to include in your portfolio; and you’ll select one additional assignment to include with your portfolio. 

For each course, you’ll also include a short reflection about those two assignments and the course so that you can tie the experiences together and reflect on what you learn. The reflection statements are the only part of the portfolio that are beyond what you’ll already create for your other SNFS courses. Your portfolio will, therefore, be organized like this:

Adult Learning Course
  • Required Work Product
  • Self-selected Work Product
  • Reflection Statement on Work Products
  • Reflection Statement on the Course
Course Design Course
  • Required Work Product
  • Self-selected Work Product
  • Reflection Statement on Work Products
  • Reflection Statement on the Course
Instructional Methods Course
  • Required Work Product
  • Self-selected Work Product
  • Reflection Statement on Work Products
  • Reflection Statement on the Course
American Community College Course
  • Required Work Product
  • Self-selected Work Product
  • Reflection Statement on Work Products
  • Reflection Statement on the Course
Overall Reflection Statement of Experiences

Purpose of the Portfolio
Our intent in having you do this is twofold:
  • First, we want you to develop a single record of your thinking and what you’re learning. 
  • Secondly, we want you to be able to reflect on your experiences meta-cognitively (more on that word in the future). As you’ll learn in the months ahead, being able to reflect on what’s learned is critical to being to synthesize, evaluate, and apply what you learn.
Our intent is also to make this manageable and worthwhile. We want the reflection statements to be worth doing and not a burden to you. So we’ve made an outline for each of these statements that helps you to think through what you learned from the experience and how you are applying what you learned. Those outlines are in the portfolio format document we’re giving you.

Also, we want you to create your reflections in any medium that works best for you. Using the outline for each type of work product, you can choose to make your reflection an essay, a list of bulleted statement, a PowerPoint presentation, and audio or video recording, a visual representation, or whatever medium best meets your needs to reflect what you’ve learned in SNFS and how you’re applying it. The outlines for the reflection statements give you the flexibility you need to explain yourself within a variety of media and formats.

For those of you completing the tenure process at your college, your reflections can help you create materials you’re required to submit for your tenure portfolio. For those of you who are not in a tenure-track position, the reflections and portfolio will provide evidence of your skills and growth as an instructor.

Your Reflections:
While we’ve identified one work product in each course for you to include in your portfolio. We selected those based on how those tie to the program outcomes that these work products address. However, we want you to select one that you feel provides information about your growth as an instructor and that best represents your learning in each course. When selecting your second work product, look for something that exhibits your growth.

The reflections in your portfolio are an opportunity for you to take s step back and consider the experience. They don’t have to be (and actually shouldn’t be) statements only on everything that you did well. A reflection should be as much about the challenges as it is the successes. If you tried something that you learned in SNFS and it didn’t work for you, it’s important to reflect on why that is – as much as it is critical to show how something you learned worked perfectly.

Your portfolio is for you and our instructional team as we seek to support you. We don’t share those outside of our instructional team and we don’t require that you share them outside of the people in the program.

Directions for Creating Your Portfolio:

Your portfolio for SNFS will be digital. To simplify that, we have a Microsoft Word file that’s set up for you to store your documents. 

We are using Word because of the editing and response features it offers. The portfolio course instructor will use those features in responding to your work. 

Throughout the year, you’ll send that file to the portfolio course instructor. That instructor will review your materials, comment on them, and return them right away. 

Included in that file are the outlines for each reflection statement. As you’ll see, we’ve kept the outline simple so that you can address each element in the way that best meets your needs.

You’re welcome to use another format besides the Microsoft Word document we’ll provide for you, but if you want to do that, check in with the portfolio instructor before you begin to ensure that your alternative format will work.

As you’ll see, the portfolio begins with a Table of Contents.
The hyperlinks that connect each item on the Table of Contents to a page in the portfolio are already created.However, as you put the documents into your portfolio, you need to put the corresponding page numbers into the Table of Contents.

There are two ways to put materials into your portfolio: pasting or typing materials directly into the document; or linking to another document.
Here are some guidelines on both:

Pasting or typing directly into the portfolio: You should do this with materials that work within Word. Text and graphics, especially, work well

Linking to another document: You should do this with documents that don’t import well into Word. This can include PowerPoint files or videos. 

If you choose to link to other documents, make certain that all of the documents are placed within the same folder before submitting them to the instructor. 

If you do this, you should compress that folder and send it as a .zip file to the portfolio instructor.

Each quarter, you’ll send your portfolio to the portfolio instructor via e-mail.

As the year progresses, and depending on how large your portfolio becomes, you may find that the document is too large for sending via e-mail. If that happens, contact the instructor for alternatives to submitting via e-mail. If you have questions about the portfolio or how to develop it, please contact the portfolio instructor.

A caution: Throughout the Word document we’ve given you, you’ll find blue text in brackets. Those are intended as directions that you should delete after following the directions. Those directions in blue are the only part of the portfolio document that you should delete.

Many of the other components have navigational hyperlinks embedded into them, so if you delete something other than the blue text, the hyperlinks may not work.

To Remember:

You can make this as detailed or broad as you need it to be. This portfolio is for you. While it provides evidence that you’ve met SNFS program outcomes, more importantly, it’s a way for you to consider and have personal evidence of your own growth as an instructor. 

We intend this to be another support for the work you’re doing. We also understand that your primary work is to teach the students you see in your classroom every week. 

This is a program requirement, and it’s mandatory component to receive the certificate, but we’ve created flexibility in this assignment that allows you to fit it into the busy life we know you have. 

We look forward to working with you on it.