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...the term OER, according to The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, represents the "teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge."
Use of portfolios in education has waxed and wanted for decades. Yet, I see three persistent reasons why educators and schools keep coming back to them. While these three reasons are related in that they provide direct evidence of learning and accomplishments, they have three distinct ultimate ends.
Competency-based education (CBE) has elicited strong interest among educators and education stakeholders due to its potential to meet students where they are in their education journey and provide a more personalized path to completion. A typical CBE program has a curriculum structured to demonstrate learning in clearly articulated competencies, is often self-paced, is agnostic as to the source of learning while maintaining clear and transparent learning standards, and has an emphasis on authentic assessment, which evaluates what the learner knows and can do through real-life demonstrations and projects.
ePortfolio is not the technology but the ways eportfolio technology is used and the significance of those uses. “ePortfolio” is a learning concept and is also a research field and a community of practice. There is theory behind “eportfolio” that preceded the “e” and continues today.
Because of the nomenclature confusion, eportfolio advocates in education have difficulty answering the question “what is an eportfolio?”
The eportfolio community has grappled with CBE for years in the guise of “tracking students’ progress toward learning outcomes.” Years ago, the focus on outcomes seemed antithetical to the kind of learning our community believed in – reflective, integrative, creative, authentic, experiential. Our community was divided along the line dividing the two uses for eportfolio technology – institutional research (tracking student outcomes) or for improved learning. Now CBE has carried the tracking toward outcomes to a higher degree and also toward a specialized use of eportfolio – not so much a learning space but more so a credentialing space, recording what assessment tasks have been accomplished.
In 1748, the fourth Earl of Sandwich enjoyed playing cards in his leisure time. He also enjoyed snacking during these games but wanted to keep one hand free to hold the cards. Out of necessity, he came up with the novel idea of placing meat between two slices of toast, which allowed him to have his wish of eating and playing cards at the same time. This resourceful idea of his took off, and today this combination of foods is known as a “sandwich.”
Now, take a moment to think about what you just read. How likely are you to remember the story of how the sandwich was invented? How much more likely are you to remember the story if it’s presented in a bulleted list or another information-only format?
Assessment is key to creating a more student-centered classroom. Before proceeding, though, I want to clarify what I mean by assessment. I don't mean testing, nor do I mean grading. Unfortunately this term (as well as other terms like data-driven instruction) has been hijacked to mean more testing and knowing students only in terms of their test scores. We know this is unacceptable and does not meet the needs of all students.
Yes, data such as test scores can give us a window into better serving our students, but it's not the whole window. If we truly want to know our students, we must view them as a stained-glass window with test data as only one of many pieces. Assessment can allow us to know the whole child as we create a more student-centered classroom.
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