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The presentation discusses how you can encourage creativity in portfolio work by assessing it. I do this at Lillebaelt Academy of Professional Higher Education where I teach Multimedia Design Students.
This is the presentation I made at the ePIC 2011 conference in London. ePIC is a conference on e-portfolios and identity - an area which interests me enormously.

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  1. 1. Format assessment stimulates creativity How to appreciate and assess non-verbal or visual reflection in e-portfolios ePIC 2011, London, Lise Agerbæk
  2. 2. ePIC 2011, London, Lise Agerbæk
  3. 3. Lise Agerbæk <ul><li>Assistant lecturer at University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark </li></ul><ul><li>Associated lecturer at Lillebælt Academy of Professional Higher Education </li></ul><ul><li>Author of ”Portfolio Practice” and contributor to ”Portfolio Issues” – both unfortunately in Danish </li></ul><ul><li>Can both be bought here , should you feel so inclined </li></ul>ePIC 2011, London, Lise Agerbæk
  4. 4. Agenda <ul><li>The portfolios at Multimedia Designer Education at Lillebælt Academy </li></ul><ul><li>A small philosophical detour on the nature of the portfolio </li></ul><ul><li>Does reflection have to be based on words? </li></ul><ul><li>Ways of scaffolding non-verbal portfolio content through assessment </li></ul><ul><li>A few reactions from students, teachers and management </li></ul>ePIC 2011, London, Lise Agerbæk
  5. 5. E-portfolio at the Multimedia Designer Programme <ul><li>Since september 2003 every student have created their own portfolio integrated into the curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>In total 896 portfolios </li></ul><ul><li>We use a rubric to evaluate them at the end of every semester </li></ul>ePIC 2011, London, Lise Agerbæk
  6. 6. Examples of 4 portfolios ePIC 2011, London, Lise Agerbæk
  7. 7. Obviously very different <ul><li>But they share a predertermined structure </li></ul><ul><li>- Or what we know as information architecture </li></ul>ePIC 2011, London, Lise Agerbæk
  8. 8. No portfolio tool <ul><li>We did use a CMS created for this till 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>But now we ask the students to create their portfolios from scratch as websites </li></ul><ul><li>Being multimedia students they have to show this competence </li></ul><ul><li>But we stipulate the structure, and describe a mandatory content. </li></ul>ePIC 2011, London, Lise Agerbæk
  9. 9. But how to assess this? ePIC 2011, London, Lise Agerbæk
  10. 10. Allow me a philosopical ePIC 2011, London, Lise Agerbæk
  11. 11. Lars Qvortrup <ul><li>The purpose of the portfolio is not (only) self observation </li></ul><ul><li>The communicated reflections transcends the privatness </li></ul><ul><li>How so? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Support system <ul><li>“ E-portfolio is a support system for the learning context, the purpose of which is to give students and teachers an extra space for reflection and communication” </li></ul><ul><li>Qvortrup, Lars (2006), Knowledge, Education and Learning – E-learning in the Knowledge Society , Samfundslitteratur Press </li></ul>ePIC 2011, London, Lise Agerbæk
  13. 13. There is always someone else present <ul><li>The students (through the portfolio) interprets him/herself in dialog with an audience </li></ul><ul><li>This dialog can be silent and is often not directed at an outspoken audience </li></ul><ul><li>But as soon as you communicate you leave the privatness of self observation </li></ul>ePIC 2011, London, Lise Agerbæk
  14. 14. Ricoeur <ul><li>The experience as experienced, as lived, remains private, but its sense, its meaning, becomes public. </li></ul><ul><li>Communication in this way is the overcoming of the radical non-communicatility of the lived ecperience as lived </li></ul>ePIC 2011, London, Lise Agerbæk
  15. 15. Do we only communicate in words? Kress and van Leuwen in the 1996 book Reading Images disagrees – and argues that using images is a meaningfull practice – that is open for interpretation as much, if not in the same way as words. ePIC 2011, London, Lise Agerbæk
  16. 16. Our students are visually eloquent. Maybe as the first generation they express themselves visually on a daily basis ePIC 2011, London, Lise Agerbæk
  17. 17. Extension of the rubric 2 out of 9 criteria in the rubric ePIC 2011, London, Lise Agerbæk
  18. 18. This one is not expressing anything in relation to the curriculum. And the design is traditionel – interaction banal ePIC 2011, London, Lise Agerbæk
  19. 19. This one on the other hand expresses the sketching process – and the interaction (green post-it in the top) is innovative ePIC 2011, London, Lise Agerbæk
  20. 20. ePIC 2011, London, Lise Agerbæk This one on lets the eye of the figure create a playfull univers – a comment on that we are learning students to ”see”
  21. 21. So not just a matter of taste ePIC 2011, London, Lise Agerbæk
  22. 22. Reaction to the new rubric <ul><li>Qualitative interviews with 12 students </li></ul><ul><li>And 4 staff members </li></ul><ul><li>2 managers </li></ul>ePIC 2011, London, Lise Agerbæk
  23. 23. What do the students think? <ul><li>Generally they are positive </li></ul><ul><li>” We have to learn to use relevant pictures anyway, once we get our own clients” </li></ul><ul><li>But some feel a little intimidated </li></ul><ul><li>” Some of the other students are much better visually than me” </li></ul>ePIC 2011, London, Lise Agerbæk
  24. 24. What do the teachers think <ul><li>Also mostly positive reactions </li></ul><ul><li>” My students have gotten much more creative, when it is asked of them to be more visually precise, and innovative in user interaction. They compete in this” </li></ul><ul><li>Some grumbling though </li></ul><ul><li>” It is hard to have to justify your gut feeling to the students” </li></ul>ePIC 2011, London, Lise Agerbæk
  25. 25. What does management think <ul><li>On a positive note </li></ul><ul><li>” I am proud when I hear students speak positively about their experience of the study. They always mention the portfolio” </li></ul><ul><li>On a more hesitant note </li></ul><ul><li>” I have yet to see the result in employability numbers or in retention rates” </li></ul>ePIC 2011, London, Lise Agerbæk
  26. 26. Thank you <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Portfolio: </li></ul>ePIC 2011, London, Lise Agerbæk