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					                                 Teaching portfolio1
                University Pedagogy – Assistant professors,
                Aalborg University, October 2009 – February 2011
                                     Working portfolio

        Name

        Pedagogic
        supervisor                        if applicable

        Supervisor                        if applicable
        from Department of …

        Start date

        Revised                           10. november 2011



        Objectives
        The objective of the course is to ensure that assistant professors achieve further knowledge of
        basic university pedagogy and education theory with focus on the ability to develop, plan,
        design, and analyse various types of educational programs and to apply theories and methods in
        ways that guide, support and stimulate the activities and the learning processes of the students.
        From the course, the assistant professor should
            gain an further insight into and an understanding of learning theories
            develop the ability to plan, carry out, and develop suitable teaching and learning
               activities, while applying the relevant learning theories
            be better in identifying students’ resources and learning needs- and to initiate learning
               processes among a variety of students, both individually and in groups
            become familiar with a variety of pedagogic tools and methods, including ICT supported
               teaching and learning, in order to apply the appropriate tools in relation to different
               target groups
            strengthen the insight into problem based project supervision and the role of the
               supervisor, in order to realize the potential of PBL in initiating and supporting the
               students’ group processes
            gain further knowledge and understanding of evaluation as a developmental and
               guiding tool, in order to evaluate the teaching programmes, to assess the progress of the
               students, and consequently to be able to develop and improve teaching practises
            get experience in working systematically and analytically with the teaching portfolio and
               with self-evaluation
            be inspired to continuously working with development and improvement of teaching
               activities, with a view to different audiences, conditions and environments.




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  Please refer to the Guide to Teaching Portfolios (www.puc.aau.dk/adjunkt2009/) for further explanation. We
recommend that you start with the topics you yourself find are the easiest to reflect on. As the course progresses and as
the documentation of your teaching and supervision activities expands, you may supplement your prior reflections and
add new ones.
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Contents2
A. Teaching experiences .................................................................................................................................................. 3
    A.1. Present teaching and supervision (vejledning) experiences ................................................................................... 3
    A.2. Teaching methods that you wish to improve on using ............................................................................................ 3
    A.3. Your strengths and weaknesses in teaching ............................................................................................................ 3
    A.4. Self-evaluation of the relationship between your experiences and the demands within teaching in near future.... 3

B. Relationship between research and teaching ............................................................................................................. 4
    B.1. Background and field of interest............................................................................................................................. 4
    B.2. Actual teaching areas and related activities ........................................................................................................... 4
    B.3. Assessment of the correlation between teaching and research activities ............................................................... 4

C. The “institutional” framework for teaching (opportunities and challenges) .......................................................... 4
    C.1. Traditions and academic points of view within your research area ....................................................................... 4
    C.2. Target groups for your teaching............................................................................................................................. 5
    C.3. Organisational framework for teaching (professional, social, political or economic conditions) ......................... 5
    C.4. Physical and practical framework (rooms, equipment, laboratories, etc.) ............................................................ 5
    C.5. Assessment of opportunities and challenges within teaching and supervision (vejledning)................................... 5

D. Teaching and supervision (vejledning) and your personal style as a teacher ......................................................... 5
    D.1. Your philosophy of teaching and your personal style as a teacher – reflections on ”good teaching”, and desires
    for your practice ............................................................................................................................................................ 5
    D.2. Your role as a teacher, and relations to students ................................................................................................... 5
    D.3. Assessment of strengths and weaknesses in your mode of teaching ....................................................................... 6
    D.4. Desires for changes in style and mode of teaching ................................................................................................ 6

E: Pedagogic plan of action .............................................................................................................................................. 6
    E.1. Basic questions for pedagogic plan of action ......................................................................................................... 6
    E.2. How will you make use of the supervisors, colleagues from the study-group, and colleagues from your
    department in developing your teaching and supervision competences? ...................................................................... 6
    E.3. Miscellaneous reflections ....................................................................................................................................... 6




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  The list of contents is automatically updated based on the headings in the template. You may change the headings as
you wish. The template is made as a Word Table. Add your text in the empty cells, and expand the table if needed. Be
sure to use the template headings to ensure that the list of contents is properly updated.

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A. Teaching experiences3
A.1. Present teaching and supervision (vejledning) experiences
Experiences with teaching within universities, and elsewhere




Experiences with project supervision




What is your opinion on the teacher’s role and relationship to students?




Experiences with specific teaching methods




Other reflections




A.2. Teaching methods that you wish to improve on using




A.3. Your strengths and weaknesses in teaching and or project supervision
Strenghts




Weaknesses




A.4. Self-evaluation of the relationship between your experiences and the demands
within teaching and/or project supervision in close future




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  Please see pages 9 – 14 in the Portfolio guide for further elaboration and explanation of the questions for reflection in
this template
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B. Relationship between research and teaching/project
supervision
B.1. Background and field of interest
Academic background and research career




Research topics




Preferred teaching areas




B.2. Actual teaching areas and related activities




B.3. Assessment of the correlation between teaching, project supervision and
research activities




C. The “institutional” framework for teaching (opportunities
and challenges)
C.1. Traditions and academic points of view within your research area4




4
  Describe the subject(s) in which you teach. What are the characteristic traditions and approaches of knowledge of the
subject(s)? Are these subjects cornerstones of the field in which you teach, or are they auxiliary subjects? Describe the
perspectives of development in the subject. In this connection, try to assess the origins and current status of your subject
or vocation. Are there factors at large in society that would call for at new or different view at the subject/vocation, not
least in an educational context?
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C.2. Target groups for your teaching5




C.3. Organisational framework for teaching (professional, social, political or
economic conditions)




C.4. Physical and practical framework (rooms, equipment, laboratories, etc.)




C.5. Assessment of opportunities and challenges within teaching and supervision
(vejledning)




D. Teaching and project supervision and your personal style
as a teacher
D.1. Your philosophy of teaching and your personal style as a teacher – reflections
on ”good teaching and supervision”, and desires for your practice
- The importance of teaching related to research




D.2. Your role as a teacher, and relations to students




5
  Try to describe the most important knowledge and skills you want your students to learn. Try to characterise the
students’ backgrounds and resources in vocational and social terms. How do they differ in terms of age, gender or
cultural background? Any other characteristics? And what does it mean for your teaching and project-supervision?
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D.3. Assessment of strengths and weaknesses in your mode of teaching




D.4. Desires for changes in style and mode of teaching




E: Pedagogic plan of action
E.1. Basic questions for pedagogic plan of action
Assessment of personal teaching recourses, competences, and difficulties, based on entries A-D




On which points will you focus be and which demands will you make on yourself?
Perspectives in Module 2:




Opportunities and challenges in relation to the above focus points




What results would you like to achieve?




E.2. How will you make use of the supervisors, colleagues from the study-group,
and maybe colleagues from your department in developing your teaching and
supervision competences?




E.3. Miscellaneous reflections

After module 2 (and later on 4):
What did you learn during the module 2/4 (from feedback self-evaluation, workshops, readings
a.s.o.?)



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