Implementing an Outcome-Based Assessment Portfolio

Implementing an Outcome-Based Assessment Portfolio

Matthew Wagner (Buena Vista University, USA) and Elizabeth Lamoureux (Buena Vista University, USA)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-890-1.ch048
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This case study examines the introduction of an ePortfolio requirement as a means of assessing student learning and program effectiveness. The Communication and Performance Studies major at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, began piloting the use of an assessment ePortfolio in the spring of 2003 and has since fully implemented it as a program requirement. Although the potential of ePortfolios is still being realized, research suggests the benefit of involving students in program assessment. Case studies are helpful to further define and articulate the emerging literature on assessment ePortfolios. Using qualitative research methods, strengths and weaknesses of this ePortfolio implementation are identified, and areas of improvement are discussed.

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