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General Discussion: Student Portfolios and the Big Picture

As an ed-tech librarian I’ve been working with different departments on creating an online portfolio piece for their students. Unfortunately, this has been limited so far to portfolios that only demonstrate a student’s work in a specific department or class – not the student’s work across all classes, activities, and experiences.

I would really love to hear from other campers about their exposure to student portfolios or any method that went after a holistic assessment of the student rather than just a single class assessment.  It seems like we are training our students to see their time in college as unrelated little sound bites from class to class rather than seeing the big picture of their overall education.

In my dream world, having this big picture approach would mean students could create projects that span across their classes, including elements from Biology, History, and Literature, for example.  Faculty would get a sense of what their colleagues were doing in other classes because they would see it in their own students’ work.  But I will also be the first to admit that I can be naive about these things, so another part of this discussion might be how such an interdisciplinary approach to student assessment would or would not work.

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sara.q.thompson

Recently returned to Oregon to work at the beautiful OSU-Cascades campus in Bend after some time in the midwest. Organized training programs for international librarians at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and led EdTech projects at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, such as an iPad deployment to students. Fascinated by the ongoing developments in ebook design, search interfaces, and online learning / training.

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