Electronic Portfolios (Eportfolios):Assessing Student Learning

Eportfolio Planning:

The following questions will help you to think through the many critical issues involved in electronic portfolios.

Type of eportfolio: Story telling or standards-based?

Type of academic eportfolio: Collection? Course? Program? Standard?

Which standard(s) will you include?

Which part of this standard? (performance indicator?)

How will you assess that standard?
(Are there any state rubrics? Criteria?
If you are not using a state rubric, does your own rubric/assessment specifically measure the standard in very observable ways?)

How comprehensive will the eportfolio be?
(How many parts will students do for any one standard?
How many different standards will the students do?

How will you explain the eportfolio to the students?

How will you model an eportfolio for the students?
How will you model selecting artifacts?

How will you model doing reflections?

How will you embed in the usual classroom learning experiences standards-based activities that help students demonstrate their growth in the standard?
1) Standards-Assessment Mapping
2) one learning activity = one standard, not many!
3) Modify old assignments or create new standards based ones

4) Label each assignment with the standard and any subpart

How will you have students do assignments and activities in digital format?

How will you provide activities in other than text only format (emovies, PowerPoint, digital images, etc.)

Where will students store their standards material that they might use in their eportfolio?

How will you give feedback on regular assignments so that students can show growth in the standard?
Will the students revise their work after your feedback? If so, how do they show their changes/improvements?

How often will you schedule student work on the eportfolio such as collecting all their possible assignments for a standard?

How do students select only the part of the assignment that directly demonstrates the standard?

How often will students update their eportfolio? (Monthly? Quarterly? Semester?

What type of reflection will show their growth?

Will you have them show you a sample reflection before they do more reflections?

How often will the students have their eportfolio reviewed? Semester? Year? Senior Year?

Who will assess the eportfolio? You? The department? Other teachers?

Will students present their eportfolios at a public or a virtual presentation?

If they present at a public presentation, who will be there?

If students do not present at a public presentation, are their eportfolios self-explanatory?

Some References:

British Columbia’s Graduate Eportfolio https://www.elearning.ubc.ca/home/DirCMSSiteContent/documents/ubclc2006/Neal.ppt

Study monitors students’ work

A portfolio webquest http://www.uvm.edu/~jmorris/ePortquest/ePortfolioquestresources.html

Helen Barrett’s web resources http://electronicportfolios.com/

Mt Edgecumbe’s Eportfolios http://www.mehs.educ.state.ak.us/portfolios/portfolio.html

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