Assessment tools - Portfolios module
Portfolios are useful tools that can have a variety of purposes.
- They can be used for development - tracking growth or change over time, showing progress in relation to goal setting or enabling strengths and weaknesses to be identified.
- They can be used for presentation - showcasing or demonstrating work outcomes/projects or identifying successful achievements.
- They are also effective tools for assessment - demonstrating progress, achievement and attainment of outcomes.
When it comes to assessment of prior learning portfolios are an effective tool to collate and demonstrate evidence of prior learning. They can show what a candidate knows and how that learning was acquired. Through the use of a portfolio a candidate can demonstrate that they are "capable of critical analysis and synthesis and of conveying ideas clearly" (Benton,N. (1995). Recognition of prior learning: A personal guide to developing your portfolio. Wellington: New Zealand Council for Educational Research. p 18.)
Traditionally portfolios have been paper based but as technology and the web develops e- portfolios have become more common.
An e-portfolio is a learner-driven collection of digital artifacts articulating experiences, achievements and evidence of learning (Galatis, Leeson, Mason, Miller, & ONeill, p. 2 Retrieved from Wodongatafe).