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LSE100 portfolio assessment pilot study

Chatzigavriil, Athina and Foley, Geraldine and Fernando, Tarini (2015) LSE100 portfolio assessment pilot study. The London School of Economics and Political Science, Learning Technology and Innovation, London, UK.

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This study provides a preliminary overview of the impetus and outcomes of the LSE100 change in assessment structure. While initially evaluating student performance based on a heavily weighted final exam, LSE100 now consists of an e-portfolio assessment method that is structured to support and incentivize ongoing student learning. Based on the feedback of LSE100 teachers and administrative staff, the findings affirm the pedagogical merit of e-portfolios in driving student learning and performance. Overall, teachers suggest there are visible differences in the clarity, cohesiveness, and depth of student work when under an e-portfolio versus exam method of assessment. However, the findings highlight a number of areas for future consideration. Given LSE100 is unique in its size (with upwards of 1500 students registered at any given time), a number of process changes with regards to marking are required. Striking a balance between creativity on the part of teachers while ensuring consistency across cohorts is for example, a challenge with a course of this nature. From a technical perspective, the course evaluation has highlighted the necessity to invest in portfolio specific software (as an ideal alternative) or significantly adapt existing systems to accommodate multiple teachers and a much larger volume of student work being submitted at any given time. Overall however, the success of the LSE100 change in assessment structure is clear; it is no longer an assessment for the sake of an assessment but rather, an assessment structured to support and drive student learning.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
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Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Sets: Research centres and groups > Learning Technology and Innovation (LTI)
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2015 14:53
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2015 14:53

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