26 Sep

Portfolio Assessment and Rubrics: A Conversation by Erin and Sarah


Posted by on September 26, 2013 in Uncategorized


8 responses to “Portfolio Assessment and Rubrics: A Conversation by Erin and Sarah

  1. jasonecuster

    September 26, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Comment: Your timeline is impressively thorough! The notes were incredibly helpful for providing insight into the pieces in question.
    Question: Were there any other ways you considered representing the relationships between these texts visually?
    Suggestion: Perhaps, weirdly enough, the rift between sparse information (the larger view of the timeline) and too much information (the zoomed in version) created a strange dissonance for me as I went through. I do like that it meshed simplicity with detail, but the immediate shifts between the two on each slide could be hard to follow, and by contrast (given the medium of a Prezi) was a bit hard to follow at times and made reading the (fantastic) text you provided more difficult.

  2. profkelp

    September 26, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Comment: Your timeline is wonderfully thorough, aesthetically-pleasing, straightforward, and user-friendly (the color coding is especially helpful!).

    Question: what would this timeline look like if you started before 2000?

    Suggestion: I know it’s a little thing, but in terms of word choice I might not use the phrase “failed to include” in your conclusion. It has a negative connotation you shouldn’t apply to your (really well done) timeline. You didn’t “fail”; you made an intentional choice to include the ones you felt needed addressing the most.

  3. jacobwcraig

    September 26, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Sarah and Erin have a nice, helpful selection of readings. You’ve created a really nice resource to begin researching portfolios in ways that are more contemporary than the historical timeline that the other group (my group) posted on this site.

    While you note that there is no one-sized fits all assessment and denote the degree to which programs endorse programs, I am wondering how you might address one of the points Huot raises in *(Re)Articulating.* Portfolios are one method of collecting a sample of writing. It’s a method that is congruent with writing theory, but the ways we score that sample are based on another kind of intellectual position –> holistic scoring. Do you see that claim as generalizable or is he ignoring the specific needs of contexts?

    I think that I’d (and others) would like to see some connective tissue between these readings. Maybe a more developed conclusion? How should we make sense of these ideas?

  4. jeffnaftzinger

    September 26, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Comment: Like Jason, I think that you did a really great job making an expansive and insightful timeline. You also did a great job utilizing the Prezi platform!

    Question: It seemed like Dryer’s piece was the outlier hereā€”in that it had a lot to do with Rubrics, and little to do with portfolios, while the others dealt with both. I don’t think it was bad, or out of place, but it didn’t seem as connected as the others. Did I miss something in reading your synopsis?

    Suggestion: I know it wasn’t exactly the purpose of the assignment, but I think I would have liked to see more of your opinion on the conversation in the conclusion.

  5. DB

    September 26, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    I really like your use of color-coding to visually show the stance of various authors toward rubrics in portfolios. There’s an interesting pattern: from no, to yes/modified yes. Do you think this is a kind of dialectic? I also would want to see more of an concluding opinion.

  6. brucebowlesjr

    September 26, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    I liked the color-coding scheme and the way you provided a timeline that then zoomed in on descriptions (also, props for the Tony Scott reference–he was my MA adviser).

    What do you believe is the field’s overall view of rubrics in relation to portfolios now?

    I’d find it interesting if you could trace the Prezi through the color-coding scheme as well, but that seems rather complicated.

  7. andrewdavidburgess

    September 26, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Great work with the timeline. Very cohesive, in-depth, and well organized. I like your discussion of the overlap of rubrics and portfolios (since my group also looked at portfolio assessment, but didn’t really get into this).

    Question: Might you have started earlier? Or might you consider focusing specifically on ePortfolios?

    Suggestion: Same as my question.

  8. amypiotrowski

    September 26, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Great job! Well-organized and easy to read. I liked the discussion about how to grade portfolios and how to not resort to traditional, possible reductive ways of grading them. Certainly the success of portfolios depends on how they’re used. What does research say about evaluating e-portfolios as opposed to paper portfolios?


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