Virtually every eportfolio article talks about how eportflios can be used to measure student progress over time. Yet, I wonder how often do we measure student growth in eportfolios over time? A university may have a pre-service education students do three eportfolios. A student gets rated each time. If each of the student’s eportfolios is rated independently, then the student may get a high rating each time when assessed according to a specific rubric.
However, if I examine all of the eportfolios for that student, I may find that the student has copied the same reflection from the 2nd to the 3rd eportfolio. If I look at each eportfolio individually, I would not know this information and I would probably give the student a high rating each time. If I look at each eportfolio compared to the previous ones, then the subsequent rating would not be as high because I would be aware of the student copying from him/herself. Do you rate each student’s eportfolios individually or in comparison with that student’s other eportfolios? How do you really look for student growth over time?
© Harry Grover Tuttle, 2007