Seen on the Internet

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 (Around 4 years ago)

Seen on the Internet: e-portfolios and authentic assessment: A post at liberal.education nation, the AAC&U’s blog pointed out an interesting commentary on the tension between standardized assessment of general skills and assessment based on direct examination of student work. The author of “The Proof is in the Portfolio,” Carol Geary Schneider, explains why she feels standardized tests are uninformative and argues for the value of portfolios. “”The strategy—well attuned to the technologies of our time—uses e-portfolios, or what we might call “supplemental transcripts.” Already adopted by institutions as diverse as the University of Michigan, LaGuardia Community College, Hampshire, and Carleton and in development at many others, e-portfolios enable us to see what a student is working on over time, to discern an emerging sense of purpose and direction, and to review samples of writing, research projects, and creative work as well as progress in integrating learning across multiple levels of schooling and multiple areas of study and experience. An e-portfolio also opens windows into a student’s field-based assignments by creating opportunities to present supervisor evaluations or even videos showing real-world performance. They can be sampled, using rubrics, for external reporting.”

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