The use of portfolios for student assessment is already common practice in many academic institutions. The possiblity of creating e-portfolios is adding appeal to this method of assessment. However, portfolios are used for teaching assessment as well, and the use of programmes such as the Professional Development Portfolio (PDP) for documenting and assessing both teaching and learning is swiftly becoming common practice for lecturers and graduate teaching assistants.
Professional Development Portfolio (PDP) is based on the premise that professional development is at its best when it is motivated by and tied closely to student learning goals. Through a variety of strategies, teachers work together to help each other and to reflect on what they are learning individually and collaboratively. The portfolio not only offers individual teachers a variety of methods to document teacher and student learning but also provides a mechanism for sharing that learning with others-thereby tying accountability, evaluation and on-going professional development all together.