Using media-rich ePortfolio assessments
ePortfolios can provide a rich assessment opportunity for students. Well-designed portfolios can facilitate feedback and peer interaction, they can help the authenticity of an assessment, and when underpinned by an assessment for learning philosophy they can help to motivate engagement. Technologies such as Pebblepad, Mahara and increasingly Teams can enable the use of different media in the portfolio mix, including video, animation, photographs, graphics and text. The use of mixed media portfolios in our experience raises a number of questions, challenges and dilemmas. When students are faced with this type of assessment it can bring out confusion and uncertainty as well as excitement and a sense of possibility. Staff often grapple with questions about parity and wordcount equivalence, and sometimes perceive quality regulations as a barrier. In this chat we explore the benefits and challenges of working with mixed media portfolios. We will consider strategies to support both students and colleagues in using ePortfolio assessment.
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Dr Lydia Arnold is an Educational Developer and Principal Lecturer at Harper Adams University. Her interests include authentic assessment, technology, feedback, action research and UK PSF. She is an extensive and long-established user of ePortfolios is assessment, and began writing about patchwork media portfolios back in 2009. She currently uses media-rich portfolios in the context of the institutional UK PSF scheme and PgC Teaching and Supporting Learning, as well as in a Level 4 Business module. She is a blogger (lydiaarnold.net) whose ongoing musings include thoughts on her ePortfolio practice.
Can be found on Twitter at @HarperEdDev
Dr Duncan Cross PFHEA NTF is an Associate Teaching Professor at the University of Bolton. His interests include authentic assessment, students as partners, managing expectations, action research and professional recognition. Like Lydia, he is an extensive and long-established user of ePortfolios for assessment and professional recognition. He is the institutional lead for PebblePad, which is used extensively across teacher education programmes and the institutional UK PSF schemes. Occasional blogger (www.duncancross.co.uk) and a musician too.
Can be found on Twitter @duncan_Cross