Assessment of an ePortfolio : developing a taxonomy to guide the grading and feedback for personal development planning

Clark, Wendy and Adamson, Jackie (2009) Assessment of an ePortfolio : developing a taxonomy to guide the grading and feedback for personal development planning. Practitioner Research in Higher Education, 3 (1). pp. 43-51. ISSN 1755-1382

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Abstract

This paper describes the rationale for, and the design, implementation and preliminary evaluation of a taxonomy to guide the grading and feedback of ePortfolio assessment of personal development planning (PDP) in a module where PDP is integrated into the curriculum. Conventional higher education assessment methods do not adequately address the requirements of this innovative approach to learning and assessment, and a new assessment tool was felt to be necessary. Drawing on recent theories in the fields of constructive alignment, reflective practice and assessment for learning, a criteria-based taxonomy was designed with the aims of articulating criteria for achievement aligned with the learning outcomes of the module, and of ensuring valid and reliable evaluation of student achievement. Analysis of student and tutor feedback and statistical comparison of marks achieved after the pilot study have produced encouraging results. While this taxonomy was designed to be used in specific circumstances, it is capable of being adapted for use by others who deliver modules or courses where PDP embedded in the curriculum is supported and assessed by means of an ePortfolio.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Presentation at the Assessment in HE Conference, Carlisle, July 2008.
Subjects: G500 Information Systems
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
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Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2009 12:58
Last Modified: 13 May 2017 11:27
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/966

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