Our students talent, skill and proficiency always underestimated at mass level for appreciation but we can take their learning, and ability to assess their achievement, to an even higher level using digital portfolios. Portfolios have long been a mainstay in the visual arts, where skill and expertise cannot be accurately represented by percentage points and letter grades. Electronic portfolios have been around for years. A digital portfolio is a computer-based collection of student performance over time. Portfolios make classroom learning more accessible to parents, administrators, and other district support staff because they provide a window into student learning. A portfolio showcases both student achievement and student learning over time. To demonstrate growth, a portfolio will often include similar work done over the course of several years. So lets focus e-portfolios from a student-centric perspective. A Digital portfolio has a purpose to showcase mere receptacle of one’s work.
Three processes are involved in portfolio creation: collection, selection, and reflection. Together they provide students with the appropriate mindset to help them take responsibility of their learning and thrive as budding life-long learners.
Portfolios enable students to record their learning and document their growth over a period of time. Here is a summarized list of some these benefits:They Provide students with a venue through which they can showcase their learning.They can be used as a tool for self-assessment, self-reflection and personal development.They help students focus on the process of learning rather than the end product.They promote deeper learning as students actively engage in the learning process.They develop students to analysis their skills.They empower students’ voice.They are a ‘method of self-discovery and confidence building’.They help students develop personal and academic identities.They assist students in locating their strengths and weaknesses and plan for future improvement.They invite teachers’ feedback and peers’s input.They help students develop their writing skills. A student’s digital portfolio also provides a vehicle for regular feedback and dialogue with their teacher(s).
With a strong understanding of portfolio assessment in general, we can better align the digital tools to meet our students’ true needs. It also presents a concrete evidence of educator’s work and achievements to prospective students.