Using Technology for Authentic Assessments

ePortfolios are a creative way for learners to highlight their learning and reflect on key concepts. In Module 9 of this course, you will submit your own eportfolio highlighting artifacts you have created as you designed and created components of your blended course.

For this assignment, you will set up your eportfolio artifacts in Google Drive* and write a 2-3-page essay outlining the framework for its organization. You will also establish a blog to serve as a learning journal for the remainder of the course.

*If you do not have a Google Drive account, refer to the resource on the Learning Objects page to create an account.

Step 1. Define
Create a Word document titled “ePortfolio” to begin an essay you will submit in Module 9. To introduce your essay, define the purpose and objectives for your personal/professional eportfolio for this course. Ask yourself what your eportfolio should demonstrate. Review the resources on the Learning Objects page for ideas.

Step 2. Upload
Review the discussions and assignments for Modules 1-8 and collect all the digital artifacts you have created thus far in the course.

Create a new folder titled “FirstInitialLastName_eportfolio” in your Google Drive and upload your artifacts into the folder. Note you will do this for each module going forward as you continue to create artifacts utilizing digital tools. Remember artifacts may also include Word documents.

Step 3. Create
Create a table in your Word document essay listing the artifacts you have uploaded thus far to your Google Drive in the first column. In the second column, write objectives (or reuse learning objectives from this course) to designate your learning each artifact showcases. Save this document in your Google Drive eportfolio folder. As you progress in the course, update this list for each module’s artifacts.

Step 4. Reflect
In your essay, create a section in which you reflect on this module’s learning in 1-2 pages. This reflection should be similar to how you would ask learners to self-reflect.

Step 5. Create
Create a brief (3-5 criteria) self-assessment rubric using Google Forms to gauge the content, breadth, and depth of your reflection. Refer to the link on the Learning Objects page. Insert your rubric (screenshot from Google Forms) into your essay and describe how you set up your rubric and justify the criteria you included.

Step 6. Establish
Establish a learning journal using the free version of the blogging tool WordPress. This digital tool will allow you to link to any webpage, including all those created in apps in the Google Suite. Refer to the helpful resources on the Learning Objects page.

Step 7. Write and Blog
For your first blog post, write an introduction paragraph and then copy and paste the reflection portion of your essay (Step 4) into the post.

Tag this entry with the learning objective(s) you wrote in Step 1.

Do not launch/publish your blog at this time; set the visibility to private to preview it and become familiar with the functionality if you are new to blogging. You will create at least two more blog posts (Modules 7 and 9) and launch/publish your blog in Module 9.

Step 8. Submit
Submit your Word document essay (“ePortfolio”), including a title page, your table of artifacts, your reflection and rubric, and a references page. Utilize APA formatting.


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