How and why are we using eportfolios?. Penelope Swenson CSU, Bakersfield. Why should we assess?. Rick Stiggins suggests: To gather evidence to inform instructional decisions To encourage students to . . . learn. Stiggins (2008). Is this the real reason?. Accreditation.
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It is one reason—
and a major one .
Yet . . .
Always student centered.
To maximize student success, assessment must be seen as an instructional tool for use while learning is occurring,
and as an accountability tool to determine if learning has occurred.
. . .both purposes are important
. . .they must be in balance.
Goals and Standards?
An understanding of the formative ideas and events that have shaped American Education since the 1600’s.
An understanding of the fundamental social, political, religious, commercial, demographic and community dynamics that influence education in America.
Recognition of various schools of philosophic thought and academic diversity in education.
Appreciation of the multicultural diversity of American society in its educational undertakings.
An understanding of the purposes of schooling in a diverse, democratic society.
Reflective thought to the economic, political and cultural factors that affect education in California as well as America generally.
Utilization of solid writing and research skills.
I would assess myself as follows: (student's own words)
4 Mechanics- I feel my report contains few if any errors in the conventions of the English language. The spelling was accurate, and I followed the APA format in the word processing document it was created in. I followed the APA format for abbreviation and spacing.
3 Information Literacy- Ifeel I demonstrated fluency with accessing, evaluating and using appropriate resources, but I took a point up because even though I did the on-line research, I used a lot of information from the books I had at my finger-tips. This might have been different if I had not experienced so many computer problems during the creation of this report.
4 Background/historical information- All major points were supported by facts with references. I gave credit in my bibliography to all of the information I read to synthesize my information.
3 Quality of Solutions- Thereis evidence of careful synthesis of information-I may not have referenced it directly, but all references are included in the bibliography.
3 Search References- Thesearch strategy has some documentation; there is a gap between the references used in article and the Search; a bibliography is attached. I may not have been able to add all of my on-line sources in my bibliography due to my computer issues.
1 Rubric completed and submitted in full.
Recognizing Barrett promotes FOR learning.
From Helen Barrett (2004)
supporting Accreditation and Assessment
Group data ready for review, improving practice, and accreditation reports.
What do students know? What are they able to do?
From embedded assignments to unique contributions and completed ePortfolio.
Continuous cycle of improvement
Benefits? ALL--students, school, program
We strive to do both. Embedding assessment may not fully merge these, but embedded assessments and ePortfolios have improved our practice.