An ePortfolio is an ever-evolving organic creation; providing the evidence of student’s learning and the individual’s reflection of his/her work. However, for ePortfolios to have a meaningful impact, (as opposed to being simply a requirement students meet) they must be assessed on a regular basis. Today, we will look at five types of assessment that can be used depending on the educational goals you want to achieve.
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5 Types of ePortfolio Assessments
1 – Alternative assessment is another means of enhancing educational assessment through confidence measurement, analysis of self-awareness, and performance evaluation. Students are given the opportunity to demonstrate their ability, perform a meaningful task, and receive feedback from a qualified person in terms of relevant and defensible criteria. In short, educators can assess students’ proficiency in performing complex tasks that are directly associated with learning outcomes.
2 – Authentic assessment can be devised by the teacher, and it also gives the students the opportunity to actively participate in their own learning by examining basic skills, control of information, high level of understanding, personal characteristics, and habits of mind.
3 – Competency-based assessment asks, “Is it better to be street smart or book smart?” This evaluation method concludes that the only way to truly answer is to look at each person and assess them using competence against standards set for knowledge and skills in a specific area. This is why it is typically used in vocational education and professional certification processes. Competency assessment is an ongoing process of continually building knowledge and skills.
4 – Flexible assessment is intended to suit the learner’s pace and style of learning and assess the individual when he or she is ready. This assessment can include a myriad of items such as checklists, portfolios, performance tasks, projects and simulations; observation of the learner, oral or written tests and essays, group or individual projects, role playing, work samples, and more.
5 – Standards-based assessment measures achievements against stated learning outcomes or objectives. The goal is to ensure students acquire the knowledge and skills deemed essential for success in school, higher education, and beyond. Schools using this approach usually give students concise, written descriptions of what they are expected to know and can do at specific stages of their education.
Taking time to assess ePortfolios offers many advantages to all involved. For example, it provides a cornucopia of information upon which to base future instructional decisions. They are also an effective means of communicating students’ developmental status and progress, and they can serve as a motivational tool for students by promoting self-assessment and self-understanding. Plus, they contextualize assessment and provide a basis for challenging formal test results based on testing that is not authentic or reliable, e.g., a single test core.
As with anything related to learning, there must be a buy-in at all levels—everyone involved must understand the time investment, the technical proficiency needed, and how the efforts of all will help improve existing learning systems and promote lifelong learning.
Share in the comments which assessment method your institution has found useful with ePortfolios.