Taskstream and ePortfolios
IUPUI was an early experimenter with electronic portfolios, and our capabilities have grown along with the emerging field of practice. Now more than half of colleges and universities in the U.S. have adopted ePortfolios to serve one or more of a range of purposes.
- Shaping their own stories of learning and development helps students gain a deeper perspective that enables them to make connections among learning experiences and to manage their emerging digital identities.
- Advisors and career counselors have access to a multi-faceted portrait of their students' accomplishments, goals, and needs.
- Students gain practice in presenting their interests and achievements to prospective employers or graduate schools.
- Faculty and other evaluators can work with ePortfolios to assess and report on the work of an individual student, a class, a co-curricular project, or larger groups of students across a department, school, or campus.
- ePortfolios lend themselves to the kinds of engaged teaching, learning, and sustained reflection that makes some instructional practices "high impact."
Taskstream Learning Achievement Tools (LAT) is a cloud-based electronic portfolio platform that can be used for many purposes, including learning outcomes assessment (assessment portfolios), self-representation (e.g., showcase portfolios, career portfolios), and promoting deep learning and metacognition (e.g., learning portfolios, developmental portfolios).
What can I do with Taskstream?
Taskstream provides a suite of tools for designing and facilitating engaging portfolio experiences for students, faculty, and staff. The application offers two distinct portfolio types, the web folio and the Directed Response Folio (DRF):
- A web folio, commonly known as a presentation or showcase portfolio, is a website about a person, group, or organization, often highlighting the subject's achievements. Anyone with a Taskstream account can create an unlimited number of folios and individual web pages.
- A DRF is a highly customizable framework for facilitating portfolio activities within a course or academic program. DRFs consist of a collection of activities or requirements organized into categories. When used for learning outcomes assessment, rubrics aligned with selected learning outcomes are used to assess each student submission. Student submissions to the DRF are formally assessed by assigned evaluators. Assessment results can then be aggregated in reports organized by requirement, rubric criterion, or outcome.
Both DRFs and web folios can be configured to support formative feedback from peers and/or assigned reviewers.
Updated March, 2018 by Kael Kanczuzewski