Dr. Paul Leslie

Dr. Paul Leslie

Friday, 13 November 2015 08:33

LinkedIn Profile


Thursday, 12 November 2015 14:15

CV - Supporting Documents

I use the following documents to support my applications for positions as lecturer or professor.

Saturday, 31 October 2015 07:17

Poster of PhD Defense

The attached image shows the poster that advertised my PhD defense at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel on October 13th, 2015.

Sunday, 25 October 2015 10:58

Successful defense of my Ph.D.

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".



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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.

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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 


Saturday, 13 June 2015 06:03

Video: How to Navigate the Portfolio Site

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