Effective Portfolio Assessment
Does your student’s portfolio fully showcase their skills and talents? There can be many approaches to building a portfolio and what to include in it. I have found the more specific the requirements has sometimes resulted in less creative and less unique portfolios. But without a guideline of what should be included and how one could be organized, students often feel lost and unsure of where to begin. In addition, if you require a portfolio for a class or a program you know how difficult it can be to assess.
A great way I have found to assess a program portfolio is to create an rubric or checklist which has identified all of the program or class outcomes. Ask students to provide a project or artifact for each program or class outcome. This allows the student to be as creative as they want to demonstrate competence of the outcome and may result in several artifacts from one course or a variety of courses based on student’s perceived strength. Allowing students to choose items to present is a form of self assessment. Peer assessment can also be helpful in the process as well. Feedback is a critical component and can sometime replace or validate the grade. I have also found aligning Technical Skills Attainment (TSA) to the portfolio rubric allows the assessment to do “double duty” and also becomes our TSA final assessment for our program.
Here’s a link to the assessment rubric I use for our program Program Portfolio Assessment Rubric