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Center for Experiential Learning

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Loyola University Chicago has contracted with TaskStream to be the university's official electronic portfolio (ePortfolio) vendor. ePortfolio, also referred to as folio or efolio, are electronic collections of student work, reflections, resumes and educational experiences that are presented in a structured, online format customized by the student. TaskStream provides space for students to upload and store a variety of documents in a digital repository that can then be used to create any number of different ePortfolios.

For example, a student may maintain a personal portfolio as a storage area for course work as well as a more polished portfolio that contains outstanding work they want to spotlight for a job or graduate school application. A faculty member may have a portfolio requirement for a course and have students submit work that demonstrates achievement of student learning outcomes. TaskStream also provides ePortfolio space for faculty who wish to store their own CV and published work.

Why Use ePortfolios?

With the continued emphasis on the need for assessing student learning, many academic units are looking to ePortfolios as a mechanism for determining students’ progress toward their departmental student learning outcomes. By establishing a set of criteria and evidence each student is required to submit, a department can measure what concepts students have mastered and where they are falling short of the department standards. EPortfolios can be used as formative assessment (throughout a student’s course of study) and a summative evaluation (at the end of the standard degree program).

EPortfolio assessment has additional advantages over other modes of evaluation in that students often have the opportunity to select what they feel is their best representative work. With the ability to include multiple formats, including multimedia, efolios address multiple learning styles and provide a medium in which students can get instructive feedback that informs them of their strengths and deficits; this feedback can be based on an established measure, called a rubric, that provides specific information on a student’s performance. One frequent ePortfolio assignment involves having students reflect on their learning, on their co-curricular activities and other events that impact their experience in their discipline, the university community and the world.

Please refer to ePortfolio Decision Making Guide if you plan to implement ePortfolios or are in the process of setting up an ePortfolio in Taskstream.

Guidance

If you are interested in employing ePortfolios at the course or department level, the Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy will provide guidance and assistance. Email us at facultycenter@luc.edu for information on getting started using portfolios for assessment.

Students needing assistance with ePortfolios can contact the Center for Experiential Learning (CEL) at eportfolio@luc.edu. CEL also provides support documentation for students on the ePortfolio website and walk-in assistance in Sullivan Center Room 295. For more information check online at: http://www.luc.edu/eportfolio

ePortfolios for Assessment

ePortfolios can be a powerful tool for assessment and evaluation. By establishing a set of criteria and evidence each student is required to submit, a department can measure what concepts students have mastered and where they are falling short of departmental standards. ePortfolios can be used as formative assessment (throughout a student’s course of study) and a summative evaluation (at the end of the standard degree program).

ePortfolio assessment has additional advantages over other modes of evaluation in that students often have the opportunity to select what they feel is their best representative work. With the ability to include multiple formats, including multimedia, ePortfolios address multiple learning styles and provide a medium in which students can get instructive feedback that informs them of their strengths and deficits; this feedback can be based on an established measure, called a rubric, that provides specific information on a student’s performance. One frequent ePortfolio assignment involves having students reflect on their learning, on their co-curricular activities and other events that impact their experience in their discipline, the university community and the world.

For more information and support on how to use ePortfolio technology for program-wide assessment of learning outcomes and standards, contact the Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy.

Technical Support

If you are unable to login to TaskStream, contact the LUC HelpDesk in one of three ways:

Be certain to supply them with all the relevant information: name, contact information, and LUC user name.

For all other technical problems, contact Taskstream technical support at 1-800-311-5656. Follow the prompts and identify your affiliation with Loyola University Chicago

Accessing TaskStream

To access your TaskStream account, either go to https://eportfolio.luc.edu/ or click on the link below. You will login using your Loyola University login and password. All faculty should currently have access to the system. Only students enrolled in courses or programs associated with the initial roll out will have access to the system during Fall 2011. Eventually, all LUC students will have access to the system.

Loyola

Center for Experiential Learning · 1032 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660
Shipping address: Sullivan Center for Student Services · 6339 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: 773.508.3366 · Fax: 773.508.3955 · E-mail: experiential@luc.edu

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