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Assessing competencies

Using the E-portfolio

In some cases, giving a test is not sufficient to assess whether the student meets the requirements. For example because you want to monitor a development over a longer period of time during an internship or project. This is when a portfolio comes into the picture.
Students may call themselves competent if they have developed the right knowledge, skills and attitude to a sufficient level, and have demonstrated that they have mastered these. In order to assess this, evidence of actions is needed. It is in their actions that students show if they have mastered the acquired knowledge and skills up to a sufficient level, and if they can apply these based on an (engineer) attitude, and in a particular (practical) situation.

Students can record this evidence in a digital portfolio , an e-portfolio. In this e-portfolio, students collect the evidence of their actions. This can be assignments, but also videos of practical actions and reflections on these, by the students themselves or by others. Regular assessment systems are not sufficiently equipped for these because they can only test the level of knowledge or insight. As such, the complete picture of an integral application of knowledge, skills, and attitude is missing. When this complete picture is desired, an e-portfolio can be used.

An e-portfolio can also be used for other aims. For more information, have a look at Monitoring progress, course transcending, in the educational theme Stimulating self-study.

Which tools are available?

Brightspace Portfolio is part of Brightspace. Every instructor, student and employee can use it by loggin on with their NetID, it supports all three types of portfolios. 

Osiris. Osiris is an education management system, where progress by students can be monitored based on their grades. For more information, have a look at the  Elearning Support (ELS) webpage

[Translate to English:] Competenties beoordelen met het E-Portfolio

[Translate to English:] Het E-portfolio is slechts een middel waarin de student bewijzen van handelen kan verzamelen, in voorbereiding op de beoordeling van zijn handelen. De beoordeling is echter niet eenvoudig. 'Handelen' komt namelijk voort uit een geintegreerd geheel van opgedane kennis, ontwikkelde vaardigheden en een manier van werken en aanpakken (attitude). Kennis en vaardigheden kunnen afzonderlijk getoetst worden, maar beoordleen van algehele competentie vraagt om een andere aanpak.

Zo kun je rubrics maken, waarin je op verschillende niveaus beschrijft welke gedragingen de student moet hebben getoond om op dit niveau als competent te kunnen worden beoordeeld. Vervolgens moet de student hier bewijzen van aanbieden in zijn E-Portfolio. Belangrijk voor de validiteit van de beoordeling is dat de beoordeling door meerdere beoordelaars geschiedt, zodat overeenstemming over de beoordeling van de bewijzen van handelen onstaat.

  • Voor medewerkers bestaat al een dergelijke rubricering waarmee medewerkers kunnen reflecteren op hun eigen ontwikkeling.
  • In het BKO-traject worden deelnemers ook beoordeeld op ontwikkelde competenties.

Want to know more?

  The theme Digital Portfolio (website) by E-pedagogy discusses various types of portfolios and gives a number of examples on how you can use an e-portfolio (in Dutch).

 

 

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