UPL has started a pilot project to evaluate a service for web-based teaching portfolios. The purpose of the project is to evaluate both a pedagogical model and a technical solution for a functioning web-based teaching portfolio at Umu.
Umeå University's vision document Vision 2020 states that our pedagogical qualification model contributes to ensuring skilled teachers. University teachers at Umeå University must document their pedagogical merits in a teaching portfolio. The documentation in the portfolio must demonstrate how the applicant fulfils the assessment grounds and the criteria for pedagogic skill which apply for appointment, promotion, or being awarded in the model for pedagogical qualification.
The portfolio's format can be both paper or web-based, or a combination of the two.
Creating a web-based portfolio
There are different ways of creating a web-based portfolio. Throughout this project, UPL will test and offer support using two different tools. One of the tools is Google Sites that teachers at Umeå University already have access to via GApps. The other tool is the e-portfolio tool, called Mahara. These two tools will be tested and evaluated during the course of this pilot project which will run in parallel with Umu's round for pedagogical qualification until 31 June 2016.