e-Portfolio assessment (Workshop 0255)
This workshop will look at a UK government sponsored pilot project called Project e-Scape and two innovative approaches that this project took in its use of e-portfolios. In particular, it will look at the project's use of ‘storyboard’ portfolios to build holistic and iterative views of learner progression, as well as the projects use of The Law of Comparative Judgment to assess portfolios of work.In 2004, a team at Goldsmith's College, University of London, embarked on a five year pilot project – Project eScape – to investigate the use of e-portfolios to dynamically capture live project-based student coursework. The pilot has since been extended into several other countries including Scotland, Ireland, Israel, Singapore and Australia.A key development through the latter stages of the project was the development of a web-based Comparative Pairs Assessment Engine, which enabled more subjective assessment criteria, such as creativity and collaboration, to be judged through the implementation of the ‘Law of Comparative Judgment’, as initially described by L.L. Thurstone in 1927. Uniquely, the integration of a web-based Comparative Pairs Assessment Engine within an e-portfolio context, made this innovative and highly accurate form of assessment available globally for the very first time.This workshop will be comprised of two sections: – A brief presentation that will provide an introduction to The Law of Comparative Judgment and its implementation through Project eScape; and – A hands-on session where the delegates will have the opportunity to take part in a live comparative pairs assessment session.Depending on the number of delegates attending the workshop, for the hands-on session they will be put into small groups (3-4 maximum) with shared access to a computer. We will give them a login to the judging system, giving them access to samples of student work so they can try out the judging process. The overall aim of the workshop will be to demonstrate how simple it is to implement this form of assessment in relation to student work. It will also look at the more recent research done into the accuracy of this approach when compared against traditional paper-based/hand marking.