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May 17, 2017

5 Ways to Streamline Assessment Using ePortfolios

ePortfolios offer a cool way for students to capture and showcase their work, and Portfolium provides millions of students with free, unlimited, lifetime storage of work samples.

Did you know ePortfolios can also make assessment faster and more effective for faculty while also giving them the ability to archive artifacts? Consider applying some of these use cases in your course or department:


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1 - Oral presentation assessment

Challenge: It’s difficult to keep up with a live oral presentation and assess a student in real-time, in class.

How ePortfolios help: Faculty can rewind, pause, and replay an audio or video clip from a student’s ePortfolio entry as many times as needed in order to absorb the student’s presentation and properly assess according to a structured rubric.

2 - Reflection paper assessment

Challenge: When tasked with a reflective assignment, students often generically recite what they did rather than expound upon how they’ve grown or what they’ve learned from a project or experience. This can make assessment challenging.

How ePortfolios help: As you’ll see in the below example, the very structure of an ePortfolio entry encourages students to summarize learnings and reflect what they’ve taken away. Students can actively reflect upon and “tag” their assignments with specific knowledge or skills that they’ve acquired. Also note that visuals hosted in an ePortfolio entry allow students to show tangible proof of attendance at specific site, workshop, or other experiential learning event. By the time a student completes their academic career they will have the ability to reflect back upon all of their academic experiences, determine where they’ve been, and use their ePortfolio as a guide for their future endeavors--a true academic reflection.

3 - Graphically rich assignments

Challenge: If you want to use a rubric to assess student work that is rich in graphics, you will need to open up the students’ source file in a media player, and in a separate software program or on paper, record your observations and grades.

How ePortfolios help: On one single screen, you can see multiple digital artifacts and view/watch them while grading the associated assignment using your rubric.

4 - Audio-rich assignments

Challenge: You may ask students to produce audio an audio recording- e.g., musical compositions interviews, podcasts - in connection with an assignment. This example follows the same logic as the “graphically rich” example above.

How ePortfolios help: Again, on one screen, you can assess student work and play an audio file. The example below shows how a student has used to host and embed audio in his ePortfolio.

5 - Industry/Outside Expert Assessment

Challenge: Many faculty members are utilizing resources like outside industry experts (this is common in journalism) to come into the classroom and provide insight, advice and constructive criticism. However, it can be difficult or impossible to give LMS access to outsiders for assessment.

How ePortfolios help: ePortfolios, are a naturally more flexible, shareable tools that allow outside experts the ability to assess student work, while protecting the privacy of the student and the university.

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