Monthly Archives: October 2006

How academics learn to teach

I was recently pointed to this article that makes a few interesting points. The article presents a case study of teaching portfolios developed by new instructors in the Geography department at Keele University in the UK. The first point is that developing an e-portfolio is a chance for critical reflection in an effort to become a better educator – a point, that from my own experiences, I can whole-heartedly agree with. The second point is that e-portfolios can be used as a tool to validate the teaching experience. In my opinion, e-portfolios are not the best way to convince academics that teaching their discipline is an experience “not to be undervalued”. As I reflect on this point, I find myself fortunate to work in an environment that values academic and teaching excellence.