Questions to consider when compiling your portfolio

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					The PGCHE portfolio.
To achieve a pass -- meet the learning outcomes
   1. Attend sessions
   2. Build a portfolio of evidence about your learning and your teaching
   3. Read the suggested readings and reflect upon them (in your journal -
       see below)
   4. Keep a Reflective Journal – (develops your thinking and makes final
       writing much easier)
   5. Relate new theoretical understanding to your real practice
   6. Address real issues in your teaching for example rewrite a module,
       change your teaching strategies, try on line teaching, change your
       assessment processes
   7. Observe a few lessons and be observed for a few
   8. Submit a plan for your own learning – have it approved (proforma)
   9. Carry out your plan
   10. Write the synoptic statement incorporating your learning journey and
       how the course and theories have impacted on your teaching and what
       effect it will have on you for the future - include a bibliography and
       reference your reading and your appendices.
   11. Include evidence of reading/ practice changes you have made etc and
       refer to it in the statement.

There is no official word limit but a master’s thesis (worth 60 credits like this
course) is 10-12 thousand words - so that could be your guideline. You do not
have to write a synoptic statement as long as this however, as you will have
other material of yours in the portfolio. However you must have covered all the
relevant learning outcomes but we are more concerned with quality than
quantity. Some people want to write a lot more than others but do try to be

A synoptic statement summarises your learning and is a narrative analysis
about what you understand you have learned – analytical and critical –
backed by evidence – practical and theoretical –linking learning from all
modules, observations, and teaching and learning developments and how it
will inform your future practice and development

Synthesise your own learning and the relationships of theory and practice and
your reflections on them on the course, in a way which explains where you
began, your progress, your reflections on that progress and how your learning
will impact on and feed back in to your future teaching and your own learning
and development. You can be creative and imaginative - you can use
diagrams, metaphors and pictures - but be reflective, critical and analytical -
don’t just describe.

Examples of portfolios are in office and one online portfolio in theme 1
Examples of filled in proforma are on-line in theme 1
Questions to consider when compiling your portfolio

      Am I going to tackle it module by module?

      Am I going to write a ‘story’?

      Will my synoptic statement cover:

          o General reflection?
          o An overview of the whole course?
          o Will all my evidence be cross-referenced from here?

      Have I cross referenced to my evidence – i.e. have I been clear about
       why I’m including what I’m including?

      Have I commented critically on the experience of peer observation –
       both as observing and being observed?

      Am I being sufficiently analytical generally?

      Have I avoided too much description?

      Photocopied articles: Have I annotated them? Why are they included?

      Have I cited all my references, using Harvard?

      Is my bibliography complete?

      Am I doing too much? Or too little?

      Have I remembered to put in my approved pro forma?

      Have I filled in column 4 of the pro forma indicating exactly where in the
       portfolio I think I have met each learning outcome?

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