ePortfolios Explained
The traditional student transcript, with its list of the grades received in various courses, is intended to affirm that a student has achieved specified competencies, but an ePortfolio goes further. It not only affirms that the competencies have been achieved, but also shows how they have been achieved. The state of Minnesota provides an ePortfolio to every citizen who wants one. At present, that state has over 100,000 ePortfolio users. A recent survey commissioned by the Association of American Colleges and Universities found that 80% of employers said that "an electronic portfolio would be useful to them in ensuring that job applicants have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their company or organization."... more
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  Continuous Learning is the Future of PD
By: Brad Spirrison
These days, many new skills and resources become outdated by the time they are institutionalized in top-down professional development environments. This is why so many educators are attracted to professional learning communities and networks that enable them to share ideas, best practices and new digital technologies including apps, videos and open educational resources.... more
  Cultivating Resources for Informal Learning
By: Jessie Kwak
Depending on who you ask, 70, 80, or even 90 percent of what the average individual learns on the job takes place informally. Use a competency framework of well defined standards to guide this learning, and measure it using an online portfolio.... more
  Competency-based Education & Assessments
By: Cathy Anderson
In a traditional school system, students do not receive degrees and certificates until they have a certain number of credit hours. In a competency-based institution, students can enroll in a course on Day 1 and pass the course on Day 1, if they do well in their assessments. Assessments measure subject-mastery rather than “time put in.”... more
  The Curricular and the Co-Curricular
By: Steven Mintz and Michael Patrick Rutter
Portfolios can frame, guide, and measure co-curricular learning. For many students, it’s the co-curriculum that offers the most interesting, compelling, and institutionally-defining educational experiences. The co-curriculum does what the standard academic curriculum generally does not: It is developmental, transformative, and future-focused. It is also experiential, offering authentic, hands-on opportunities to hone skills, put ideas into practice, and showcase achievements of potential interest to employers.... more

PortfolioDigital Portfolios: The Art of Reflection (K-12)
For digital portfolios to be truly valuable to both teachers and students, they need to provide insight into not only what students created, but also how and why. If the ultimate goal is to develop students as learners, then they need an opportunity for making connections to content as well as the overarching learning objectives. Too often, conversations about digital portfolios center on the tools: how to save, share, and publish student work. Mastering the technical component of digital portfolios is critical, and students do need an opportunity to showcase their work to a broader audience. However, when we let the process of curate > reflect > publish serve as the sole focal point, digital portfolios become summative in nature and are viewed as an add-on at the end of a unit, project, or activity. ... Read More
PortfolioPortfolio Assessment
In program evaluation as in other areas, a picture can be worth a thousand words. We can think of a portfolio as a kind of scrapbook or photo album that records the progress and activities of the program and its participants, and showcases them to interested parties both within and outside of the program. ... Read More
PortfolioAdmissions Revolution
80 colleges unite to create new application and portfolio platform for high school students. The idea is to encourage ninth graders to begin thinking more deeply about what they are learning or accomplishing in high school, to create new ways for college admissions officers, community organizations and others to coach them, and to help them emerge in their senior years with a body of work that can be used to help identify appropriate colleges and apply to them. Organizers of the new effort hope it will minimize some of the disadvantages faced by high school students without access to well-staffed guidance offices or private counselors. ... Read More
Competency DevelopmentDeveloping a Competency Framework
You're probably familiar with the phrase ‘what gets measured gets done.' Defining and measuring effectiveness – especially the performance of workers – is a critical part of your job as a manager. ... Read More
Competency AssessmentWe Need a Better Way To Visualize People's Skills
Imagine having a profile like this for other competencies. An employer could immediately see the depth of a candidate’s profile in different areas—both her foundational skills as well as her other technical skillsets. What if we could click on that darker colored square in the grid and immediately view artifacts from the candidate’s past experiences that best illustrate that competency? Or, in other cases, we might see that a company or institution validated that particular competency. ... Read More
Higher Education4 Ways Technology is Effectively Bridge Higher Education to the Workforce
In the past, data translating the discrete skills or competencies that employers need was not easily available or meaningful to faculty who create courses, or the students who take them. According to Craig, the revitalization of higher education as a critical stepping stone into a meaningful career will come not in the transformation of teaching and learning via technological support, but instead a “new digital language that connects higher education and the labor market and, in doing so, exerts profound changes on both.” ... Read More
Competency AssessmentThe Real Revolution
Broadly speaking, competency-based education identifies explicit learning outcomes when it comes to knowledge and the application of that knowledge. They include measurable learning objectives that empower students: this person can apply financial principles to solve business problems; this person can write memos by evaluating seemingly unrelated pieces of information; or this person can create and explain big data results using data mining skills and advanced modeling techniques. ... Read More
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