Using your ePortfolio

To access your ePortfolio simply log-in to the ICTI website using your user name and password. Then you will see the ePortfolio block on the right of the front page and from here you can add, upload and share any information you want.

Sharing is entirely your choice. You can choose individuals with whom you want to share or make parts of your ePortfolio available to all ICTI members.

There is also a private web URL which you can give to colleagues or regulatory authorities to demonstrate your continuing development.

Deciding upon suitable CPD activities

The Institute for Learning (IfL) in the UK is the body entrusted with ensuring the adult educators and trainers in the UK maintain their competence. The IfL has its own online portfolio system and offers the following advice to trainers in developing portfolios.

As you reflect on your teaching practice, listening to the many and varied sources of feedback on your performance, you are best placed to determine the type and nature of activities that will make the greatest impact on teaching and learning. Remember that it is important to continue to build on your strengths as well as addressing perceived areas of weakness and share these with others, colleagues and managers.

This approach to CPD is about you and your professionalism. The type and nature of activities through which you can improve and broaden your knowledge and skills in your subject specialism, in teaching, and in the context in which you work are limitless; for example, keeping up to date with developments in technologies and using them effectively for teaching and learning is an on-going activity. As a teacher who is committed to your own professionalism you will want to be at the leading edge of practice and stay abreast of developments in national policy and will choose to plan your CPD accordingly.

The following examples are offered as a guide to some of the activities through which you can develop your professionalism, this list is by no means exhaustive and will be updated as we find examples from you of creative and exciting practice across the sector.

Updating your teaching and learning methods and skills

  • peer coaching (coaching others and being coached in your subject or vocational area)
  • subject learning coach training
  • accredited courses or programmes related to teacher development
  • mentoring new colleagues
  • peer review
  • peer observation
  • work shadowing
  • team-teaching
  • team/department self-assessment
  • carrying out and disseminating action research
  • evaluation of feedback (learners and peers)
  • significant input at team meetings
  • engagement in structured professional dialogue/learning conversations
  • preparation for and evaluation of appraisal
  • membership of committees, boards, steering groups related to teaching and/or your subject area
  • partnership activities (schools, employers, other providers)
  • visits to community organisations
  • curriculum design/ development/validation
  • e-learning activities
  • accredited CPD courses or programmes
  • reading journal articles
  • reviewing books or articles
  • updating knowledge through the internet/TV (including teachers’ TV)/other media and reviewing these with a group of professional colleagues
Updating your subject specialism

  • accredited courses or programmes related to subject/vocational updating
  • industrial updating through visits, placements and reading
  • secondments
  • membership of a special interest group
  • examiner/verifier/assessor responsibilities, and feedback from these for your courses
  • briefings by awarding bodies and impact on practice
  • membership of professional bodies, guilds and/or societies in order to maintain or develop specialist vocational skills
  • giving a presentation at a conference in your subject area
  • supervising research
  • subject learning coaching training
  • subject-specific project work or project development
  • attendance at subject-specific conferences
  • writing reports/papers
  • joint work with other organisations
  • links with employers and the impact on learners
  • planning or running a staff development activity or event
  • organising trips/ residentials /work placements
  • reading journal articles
  • reviewing books or articles
  • updating knowledge through the internet/TV/CD/other media
  • public service/voluntary work

Activities related to the national policy initiatives and the wider context in which you work

  • updating on national policy developments and the impact for you and your organisation
  • updating on teaching in new contexts
  • updating on teaching for new curricula and qualifications
  • updating on liaison with other support services and the impact on teaching and learning
  • updating on new policies/initiatives which relate to teaching
  • equality and diversity training/updating and the impact on teaching and subject
  • involvement in relevant institutional research projects
  • reviewing and developing teaching in preparation for inspection
  • ICT/e-learning courses for skills updating and application to own teaching

To make these activities useful as part of your own professional development your ePortfolio will include:

  • reflection on what you have learned
  • evidence of how you have applied this to your practice
  • evidence of how this has impacted on your learners’ experience and success

The ICTI office is happy to advise members of ways in which they can use the ePortfolio system and on the benefits of recognising your own continuing professional development.

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Last modified: Thursday, 14 June 2012, 4:26 PM