Unit 3- Using E-Portfolios as an Assessment

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Unit Learning Objectives:

After completing Unit 3, learners will be able to do the following:

  • Understand how to assess a students E-Portfolio.

Using E-Portfolios as an Assessment

E-Portfolios are a form of an assessment tool. E-Portfolios are always a work in progress. "They provide an economy of scale in terms of efficiency and informational depth" (Ahn, 2004). In the classroom, educators can assess a students work and knowledge through E-Portfolios. At the end of the semester, students can design an E-Portfolio and display the information that they learned throughout the semester. Not only can the teacher assess what the student learned, but the student can also assess their own performance.

E-Portfolios allow a person to be creative and demonstrate their work to a large audience. E-Portfolios are similar to tests in that they both assess what that person has learned. In addition, they allow a person to reflect on their own work.

Here are some important steps when it comes to assessing a students E-Portfolio:

  • 1. Let students work on their E-Portfolio over a period of time, this will allow them to constantly add and revise their E-Portfolio.
  • 2. Show students the rubric that you will be using to assess their E-Portfolio at the beginning of the semester.
  • 3. Have students view different samples of good and bad E-Portfolios so they get a sense of the good and bad.
  • 4. Have students create their own grading rubric for E-Portfolios.
  • 5. As the teacher, constantly stay on top of the students progress and provide them with comments throughout the process. It will make their E-Portfolio stronger.
  • 6. Have students critique each others work.

When you are assessing a students work, you want to look for a lot of different things. Here a few things that you want to look for: broken links, grammar errors, how well they followed instruction, the time they spent working on the project, the content and layout, and lastly, did they meet the overall requirements that you presented them with.

E-Portfolios serve as an assessment tool and a reflection piece (Montgomery, 2003).

E-Portfolio Design Project Requirements:

The final project which will be completed throughout three of the four units (unit 2, 3 and 4). In unit 4, you will be required to submit your project. Your project will include the following:

  • Homepage: (name, title, image, link to index page, linked e-mail address where your audience can submit, comments, suggestions or problems).
  • Index page: (4 links: link to homepage, link to your biographical information, link to your resume, and a link to a lesson plan).
  • Biography page: (please write a personal statement (it could be the reason why you are taking this class, biographical information, etc.). In addition, please have a link to your homepage, resume, and lesson plan page.
  • Resume page: please upload your resume to this page. In addition, please have a link to your homepage, biographical information, and a link to a lesson plan.
  • Lesson Plan: please upload a lesson plan to this page. In addition, please have a link to your homepage, and a link to your biographical information.

Activities:

  • 1. Read lecture notes under Using E-Portfolios as an Assessment.
  • 2. Read an article containing information on Portfolios- Digital portfolios in teacher education: Blending professional standards, assessment, technology, and reflective practice by Lee Montgomery. File:Montgomery.pdf (You will need to hit the back button to return to the mini-course after reading the article).

Montgomery, L.A. (2003) Digital portfolios in teacher education: Blending professional standards, assessment, technology, and reflective practice. Computers in the Schools, 20 (1/2), 171-186. Retrieved April 15, 2008 from, Academic Search Premier.

  • 3. Post to the Discussion Board. Please see the Discussion Board for a tutorial on how to post to the Discussion Board.
  • 4. Please continue working on your E-Portfolio. In order to build webpages, you will need to download SeaMonkey. This product is free and is available to Windows and MAC users. SeaMonkey is an html editor which will allow you to build webpages and then upload them to Tripod.
  • 5. Once your webpages are complete, please upload them into Tripod under account manager. This activity will be completed in Units 2 and 3.

Reflection:

Now that you have completed the major portion of your E-Portfolio, think back on the process and reflect back on your work. Did you meet all the requirements? Does it show your best work? Is there anything else you can add to it? In addition, think of ways that you can assess a students E-Portfolio based on your subject area.

Once you have completed Unit 3, you can now move on to Unit 4- Wrap Up and Evaluation.

Resources

Ahn, June. (2004, April). Electronic portfolios: Blending technology, accountability & assessment. T H E Journal, 31(9), 12-18. Retrieved April 25, 2008 from, Academic Search Premier. Image:Ahn.doc

Montgomery, L.A. (2003) Digital portfolios in teacher education: Blending professional standards, assessment, technology, and reflective practice. Computers in the Schools, 20 (1/2), 171-186. Retrieved April 15, 2008 from, Academic Search Premier. File:Montgomery.pdf

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