Sample Portfolio Site
Tip: The homepage of your e-portfolio should say something unique about you and make component parts of your portfolio visible. Scroll down for additional suggestions and resources.
Create your teaching e-portfolio
What might you include in your e-portfolio?
Additional elements may include a statement about your research and/or mention of how your teaching and research intersect, a summary of course or curriculum development you have engaged in at the departmental level, and/or program assessment and evaluation experiences.
As a reminder, the CTL has three on-demand resources that can help you develop materials for your teaching portfolio:
How do I get an e-portfolio?
Participants on the Advanced Track of the CTL’s Teaching Development Program set up an e-portfolio for their capstone assignment. The template we make available to TDP participants through the Columbia Libraries assumes a WordPress platform. If you are not a TDP participant, you can choose to set up your own WordPress (or other) site at https://wordpress.com.
Like what you see here?
Just as the large boxes at the top of this page signal the main parts of this site, you should also ensure that the main ingredients of your teaching e-portfolio are visible and easily navigable on the home page. Here’s one example and here’s another (password: caitlin).
In addition to demonstrating best practices for e-portfolio design and sharing a number of examples, this site also points out affordances within WordPress that you can take advantage of if you’re using that program to design your e-portfolio.
Customize your site layout
As you’re editing your site, you’ll see options to “edit” or “customize” (you cannot see those functions in this sample site since you’re not an editor of this site). Beware: these commands are not the same thing! If you want to add or edit text or content to a page, click “edit” (this you’ll use 99% of the time). If you want to make site-level edits (menus, color palates, etc.), use “customize”. The “customize” button is only visible to site editors and appears at the top of the screen.
On this page:
- The page footers were customized via the Menu function (under Customize).
- The central image (of a notebook) was also added and customized in the Customize page.
Edit text and content
For most features you see on this page, you can simply click “edit page” (or the pencil icon) to enable a range of tools. For example:
- The callout boxes are a pattern called Pricing Table. To find this, in the Edit Page function, click on the black plus sign, then click patterns, and scroll down until you see “pricing table”. All colors are customizable through the toolbar on the righthand side of the page.
- Bulleted and numbered lists can be found by clicking on the black plus sign and clicking “lists.”
This site features the teaching e-portfolios of: Caitlin DeClercq, Monica Thieu, James Callahan, Mary Catherine Stoumbos, Milica Iličić, Jessie Oehrlein, Almudena Marín-Cobos, Ian Althouse, and Nicole Mandel. Please do not share any of these materials without written consent.