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Assessing My ePortfolio Items

My ePortfolios are quickly being recognized as important learning tools because they encourage users to track and share all of the work that goes into a project, instead of just the final result. They also encourage users to tweak and improve their work over time. This shift helps emphasize the importance of looking at the entire learning process, rather than the end results, and helps users build an attitude of life-long learning and continuous improvement.

My ePortfolio enables you to monitor user progress and provide ongoing feedback and support through comments and assessments. It is also integrated with VU Collaborate so that users can submit items to assessment dropbox folders in specific units where they can be assessed or graded using the Competencies and My Grades tool. When an item is submitted to a assessment dropbox folder it becomes a unique object and is not updated when changes are made to the item in My ePortfolio. Thus, having users submit items to a assessment dropbox folder allows you to evaluate their achievements at a specific point in time, while evaluating users through My ePortfolio allows you to provide guidance so they can continue to improve their work.

Leave comments, assessments and edits in My ePortfolio

You must have the appropriate permissions to leave comments, assessments, or annotations on an item in a user's My ePortfolio. You can receive permissions to comment on, assess, or edit a user's work in one of two ways:

  • The user gives you the appropriate permissions.
  • You set up a forced sharing group for users in a particular unit that gives you the appropriate permissions.

Encouraging users to give you permission to comment on and assess portfolio items that relate to unit work is an excellent way to provide users with informal, intermittent feedback.

Assess and grade My ePortfolio items submitted to a assessment dropbox folder

My ePortfolio items that are submitted to a assessment dropbox folder are treated as unique objects that are not modified when the original item changes. This allows you to assess or grade submissions without worrying about users revising their work.

Assessment Dropbox folders can be associated with a competency or a grade book item in VU Collaborate. You can also attach feedback or comments to specific submissions.

Tip:  If you select the Allow users to add this folder to their My ePortfolio option with a assessment dropbox folder's properties, users can add their submissions with your feedback to their My ePortfolios. This allows users to continue improving their work, while maintaining a copy of how the item appeared at the time of assessment.