Begin by assuming that you will want or need a full educational portfolio someday. A full educational portfolio will contain materials related to all four categories and has a broader focus than your mini-portfolio.
Establish a file where you routinely put everything that may have potential value to your portfolio, organized by category. Be sure to include a date and brief explanation of each item as you file it so that you can reconstruct the time and setting in which it was generated. This file could be a marked section in a file cabinet, an accordion folder, or electronic files. Develop the habit of filing anything that may serve as evidence of your educational accomplishments. Review the examples for each category to get an idea of the types of documents you may want to put in your file. You will need to provide evidence of both the quality and quantity of your educational endeavors.
Actively strive to obtain and file assessments of your educational endeavors as they occur. Obtaining good evidence of quality may be a challenge in certain settings and for certain types of educational endeavors, requiring conscious effort and commitment on your part. In the area of Teaching and Evaluation, for example, it is important to obtain and save assessments from learners. If you teach in an elective course or program, or in a non-Baylor course (e.g., national conference) you may need to collect assessments from learners yourself. In the area of Educational Leadership, for example, you will want to maintain a file of learners' course evaluations and performance on appropriate examinations, if you are a course director.
Actively strive to obtain and file assessments from peers about your educational endeavors as they occur. These assessments can be informal observations/feedback or formal ratings from trained educational specialists. Usually, you will have to specifically ask for such feedback. You should think about getting peer coaching feedback from colleagues or educational specialists who are able to comment on the quality of the content you present as well as on the quality of your work (e.g., the teaching methods you use). The Peer Coaching for Educators website has some excellent suggestions about obtaining feedback from peers. Other sources for letters of recommendation concerning your educational excellence might include chairs, section chief and course directors
- Mini-Portfolio Worksheet. This worksheet will help you think about and list your educational activities and plan how to obtain evidence of quality.
- CV Hints. Here are tips about your Baylor CV, which should be included as part of your application.
- Writing a Personal Statement. This brief description and reflection activity will help you get started writing your personal statement.