Assessing Student Eportfolios: Focus on Standards Rubrics

Education with Technology Harry G. Tuttle

Avoid Non-Standards Based items in eportfolio rubric

I’ve been looking at various eportfolio assessment tools such as rubrics and checklists and I’ve been shocked by what I found. Many of these rubrics or scales include evaluating these non-standards items: “creativity”; “visually appealing”; “has variety”; and “links work”. Usually these non-standards items receive the same point value in the rubric as content. So if students have a beautiful, creative, varied, and well-linked eportfolio but has no valuable content about their standards-based learning, they can still score very high(80% or higher).

I believe that educators should assess an eportfolio using the national or state rubrics. For example, I would use the National Council of NCTM’s standards or the state math standards rubric as a basis for evaluating a math eportfolio. I would use the NCTE or the state’s English rubrics to assess an English eportfolio. If a school is measuring something for which there are not standards,then the school…

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Introducing: Rubrics

VLE News

We are releasing a new feature this week – rubrics for Blackboard assessment items. See the Guide.

In the Leeds VLE, you’ll be able to associate rubrics with assessments, discussion boards and some quiz question types.

Watch a Blackboard video on Grading with rubrics, download and test out some shared rubrics from the Blackboard website, or head over to the Help website to read the guide on using rubrics in your module. Remember: online help is available within the rubrics tool – just click the ‘More Help’ links.

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Learnist – a ‘Pinterest for Education’ – releases apps for iPhone, iPad

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Learnist, a Pinterest-like social learning platform from ed tech company Grockit, launched in May to let teachers and students of all kinds can create “learn boards” for everything from 8th grade English standards to data visualization to punk music.

On Thursday, the company is announcing that it is rolling out apps for the iPhone and iPad.

Over the past few months, the company said, tens of thousands of people have joined the site to check out about 20,000 user-created “learnings” – collections of web videos, blogs, images and other content sequenced to help people learn various topics and skills.

Among the users are a “small army of teachers,” said Grockit founder Farbood Nivi, who have created numerous resources to support K-12 students and teachers, including learn boards for every Common Core standard for grades 7-12 (the standards are part of a new education initiative to bring…

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