FLEX: Portfolios

How do I record my FLEX activities?

You will create an academic portfolio in digital format where you will be able to capture your FLEX activities and ongoing professional development linked to learning, teaching and research. The portfolio will enable you to capture your CPD FLEX plan, reflect regularly and critically on your practice, as well as capture your development and achievements.

If you are new to portfolios, please study the portfolio resources below and consider attending a portfolio-building session to familiarise yourself with the concept and the available technology. As there is currently no institutional supported portfolio system, you will have flexibility to use any system you prefer and are familiar with. You are welcome to set up a digital portfolio using a social media platform, such as Wordpress or keep your portfolio as a Word docu

The portfolio and the evidence included in this linked to FLEX, will be useful for you and can be used

  • to engage in conversations about your development with colleagues and students
  • as supporting material in the PDR process
  • study towards academic credits linked to the PgCert in Learning and Teaching in HE/MA in Higher Education
  • to prepare your application for Fellowship of the HEA
  • use as a record to evidence CPD

If you decide to study towards academic credits, as part of FLEX 15 or FLEX 30, you will collect all assessment tasks linked to the unit in your portfolio and you can request formative feedback on your work before submission.

Portfolio Resources

To find out more about the use of portfolios for learning and professional development, please access Stephen Downes' introduction "A few words on ePortfolios". More detailed information can be found at JISC infoNet.

Instructions for setting up an academic digital portfolio.

A sample CPD Portfolio using WordPress


We run face to face Portfolio Surgeries, or you can view the videos which make up our online portfolio surgery below:


In this video Kirsten Jack, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Social Care, talks about using reflection for academic development:


AdvanceHE have published Reflection for learning: a scholarly practice guide for educators, designed for educators who are interested in supporting reflective practice for their students’ learning and for their own learning and career development, with a range of activities to stimulate deep and creative reflection.

FLEX Toolkit

The resources presented here might be useful when planning your CPD activities and when capturing these in your portfolio. Feel free to use and/or adapt as required. If you have suggestions for further resources to be included, please get in touch with us.

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