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Lesson 5: Exhibit evidence of teaching effectiveness

Integrating evidence

Now that you’ve situated the context for your teaching, you’ll want to provide evidence of the positive impact of your teaching. You’ll also want to reflect on the meaning of the evidence for your teaching and learning practice.

A reader will want to see evidence of your strengths and areas for growth and see evidence of your claims; you can also include things that did not go as planned to demonstrate your willingness to expand your practice and to critically reflect on your learning.


Review the Framework for Aligning a Dossier

The following document includes an example and worksheet - use it to start adding evidence into your dossier.


You might not have evidence for all of these components in your dossier. Refer back to the expanded descriptions of the dossier components and the reference Guide for Providing Evidence of TeachingThese documents will provide you with opportunities to think about the kinds of evidence you have or could collect and how you might use them to exemplify your teaching philosophy.

“What if I don’t have evidence?” It is common for new or emerging teachers to think they have no evidence for their teaching dossier. Be open to the examples and think creatively ─ you may discover you do have some evidence! If you do not have evidence make a goal how you will collect and exhibit in future versions of your dossier.

Reflecting on the evidence

The dossier should capture your authentic voice and be grounded in a strong reflective narrative, providing the reader with a clear understanding of your beliefs, approaches, contributions, expertise, and strengths. This reflective narrative is often woven throughout each section and should situate the information, providing meaning and context to guide the reader towards an understanding of:


Why you do what you do to support teaching and learning.


The scope, context and impact of your contributions.


What you have learned through these experiences, including how this will inform your future practice.


How you plan to continue growing and improving into the future.

It is not enough to just exhibit your evidence. Your reflection on the evidence serves to both situate the evidence within your context as well as to explain the significance of the evidence. For example, a USRI score (summative evaluation) stated out of context doesn’t provide the reader a picture of how you engage and encourage your students – this is where your narrative adds to the scope of your evidence.


Quick Tips for Making Sense of Student Feedback

This handout provides a useful starting point for instructors and those in leadership positions to think about interpreting and utilizing student feedback.

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Review sample dossiers

Return to the sample dossiers you looked at earlier in this module (Lesson 1). What types of evidence was provided (sources)? How was reflection integrated? Was the document aligned with the stated beliefs? Would you include something different?

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Kenny, N., Berenson, C., Radford, S., Nikolaou, N., Benoit, W. Mueller, R., Paul, R., & Perrault, E. (2018). A guide to providing evidence of teaching. https://taylorinstitute.ucalgary.ca/sites/default/files/Content/Resources/Teaching-Dossiers/Guide-for-Providing-Evidence-of-Teaching.pdf

Lesson checklist

  • Identify the types of evidence that demonstrate your teaching effectiveness
  • Select, integrate and exhibit evidence into your dossier
  • Critically reflect on the evidence and ensure alignment with your philosophy

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