Online portfolios: issues of assessment and pedagogy

Year: 2001

Author: Cooper, Trudi, Love, Dr. Terence

Type of paper: Refereed paper

The online environment offers many advantages that complement the benefits that portfolios offer in a wide variety of educational settings. This paper focuses on the differences between online portfolios and traditional "hard copy" portfolios in relation to a six step portfolio-building process and model of course design developed by one of the authors. The authors contend that obtaining the enhanced outcomes possible using on-line portfolio-based assessment depends on a review of courses’ pedagogical and assessment foundations, and on teachers’ assessment decisions being consistent with underlying pedagogic principles.