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#ePortfolio Assessment Tips from the Field

Stuff that works when using ePortfolios in assessment.

  • Clear, explicit and well communicated task instructions make a big different to the quality of student portfolios. E.g: what is expected in the portfolio in terms of content/evidence, the kinds of media to use or not use, layout suggestions/expectations, provision of exemplars.
  • Clear how-to instructions in the form of short chunked videos or screenshots with instructions on how to use the tool (e.g. Mahara) allow students to more quickly master the technology and progress to the critical stage of creating their portfolios.
  • Making expectations/requirements explicit and communicating them effectively and just-in-time - i.e. when the student engages with the portfolio the requirements should be readily available.
  • Create Mahara templates with requirements and examples embedded in the template, this way students can copy the template as their own page, and replace place-holder content with their own over time as they gather evidence and create the portfolio.
Interestingly none of these tips are new, groundbreaking or unique to ePortfolios, they are components of good assessment practice, and apply to all assessment methods.

Do you have any tips relating to ePortfolios used in assessment or other scenarios where there is evaluation (e.g. employment)? Please leave a comment.

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