Dr. Paul Leslie
I use the following documents to support my applications for positions as lecturer or professor.
- EDU 4203 - Curriculum Development - Sample of curriculum document - lead author
- Professional Portfolios to Demonstrate "Artful Competency" - Sample journal article
The attached image shows the poster that advertised my PhD defense at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel on October 13th, 2015.
On October 13th, 2015, I successfully defended my PhD degree against a panel of five professors from the VUB and the Taos Institute. See the degree here.
My wife, my brother and his wife and a great friend joined me at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (The Free University of Brussels) to watch me present my findings and then defend against the panel. The defense itself took over two hours.
I am very happy to report that it was successful and that I am now able to call myself, "Dr." Paul Leslie.
This presentation has been created for the public defense of my thesis, entitled, "Narratives of Learning: The Portfolio Approach".
Narratives of Learning by Paul Leslie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
On May 28th, 2015, the Al Darary Kindergarten held workshop for teachers on teaching methods. Prior to the workshop, while visiting the school to observe students we had placed there, I ran into a former student of mine who was now a teacher at the school.
She told me about the conference they were planning and on behalf of the Sharjah Education Program, I volunteered to coordinate some of our faculty and our Mobile Learning Unit to visit the school and participate in the conference.
In the end, I was able to bring the Mobile Learning Unit and secure the cooperation of three of our faculty to present workshops with me:
The conference proved to be a successful test of my initiative to create community workshops that can be reused and tailored to take advantage of the Mobile Learning Unit.
In May of 2015, the Sharjah Education program was asked to prepare and deliver a series of workshops to the Umm Al Quwain Education Zone. I accepted the request on behalf of the program and recruited a number of faculty to assist with the project.
Click here to see the original help page as designed in the Sharjah Mahara Portfolio Platform, that I managed during my time there. The page has been copied from the site for effect and so some of the features do not work as originally designed.
The workshops were delivered to the UAQ Education zone using the iPads on Wheels Mobile Learning Unit.
Published: Professional Portfolios to Demonstrate ‘Artful Competency’
e-Journal of Business Education & Scholarship of Teaching Vol. 8, Iss. 2, 2014, pp: 112-122. ”http://www.ejbest.org”
Paul Leslie Faculty of Education / Educational Technology, Sharjah Higher Colleges
A complaint of, and about, professionals is that they often have no way of "accounting for the artful competence" (Schon, 1983: 19) displayed in their daily work. A portfolio approach to learning (Leslie, 2012) offers educational practitioners processes through which to both demonstrate professional competencies and continue to learn from their own work. This study uses observations, surveys and interviews with teacherparticipants from a six-month project in a primary school in the UAE. It examines how the teachers begin to employ a portfolio approach in their own practice to transform the traditional portfolio into an experiential, lifelong learning process. Findings discuss how the teachers developed a greater sense of community, a range of associated skills, and allowed stakeholders including supervisors to play a much greater role in the skills development of the teachers.
Keywords: Professional portfolio; competencies; experiential; lifelong JEL
Classification: A22 ; I21 PsycINFO Classification: 3560 FoR Code: 1303; 1599 ERA Journal ID#: 35696
I have finished the Harvard Graduate School of Education Online course:
Making Thinking Visible: (Click for certificate).
This course has been highly influential for me over the last few months. As you will (or already have) notice, I have made several posts about this topic. I was struck by how closely it fits into and supports the portfolio approach to teaching and learning.
By making our thinking visible to our community, we can both teacher and learn more clearly.