Flexible assessment practices: 4th Year Social Work Students develop ePortfolios for final assessment
Social Work lecturer, Anna-Marie Beytell, contacted the CIECT team to conduct an ePortfolio workshop for her fourth year students. Previously, Social Work students were required to complete and submit their paper-based teaching portfolios. After attending the staff ePortfolio workshop, Dr Beytell realised the affordances of the ePortfolio tool. Hence, Dr Beytell enhanced her conventional assessment practices with ePortfolios, reviewed by an external examiner.
In mid July 2013, sixty-one (61) Social Work students attended the ePortfolio workshop offered by CIECT. This workshop enabled students to:
– Create their online ePortfolio site;
– Structure webpages according to the template (as provided by lecturer);
– Add profile information;
– Insert relevant image of student; and
– Upload a file which highlights the challenges and benefits of their fieldwork excursions.
Subsequent to the training, Dr. Beytell, requested that students develop their ePortfolios, highlighting their professional development within the field of Social Work. Students were expected to capture and collate evidence of their field work experiences.
Furthermore, the CIECT team offered ePortfolio support workshops which enabled the students to develop their final assessment task. The following support intervention were offered:
– Uploading evidence to Google Drive,
– Embedding video clips; audio-recordings; PowerPoint slides; and Word documents,
– Uploading evidence related to Exit Level Outcomes,
– Changing privacy settings; and
– Sharing the ePortfolio with the relevant stakeholders.
The ePortfolios were shared with the Social Work lecturer, and an external examiner for final assessment/examination purposes.
**It should be noted that this ePortfolio assessment task can be conducted anywhere; at any time; and place. The ePortfolio can continuously be updated and reviewed; and shared in ‘real time’ with peers; lecturers and prospective employers.
The Centre for Innovative, Communication Technologies (CIECT) offers a Digital Academic Literacy (DAL) Programme to novice users (UWC undergraduate students).
Many of our students come from homes, schools and communities where computers have simply not been a part of their lives. Due to this challenge, the DAL programme offers basic ICT packages; and customised programmes as per Faculty requirements. The following Departments have integrated the DAL Programme:
• EMS (ALC111 and ALB131, Accounting 237, IFS 231 and IFS233)
• ARTS (Arts Foundation, Library and Information Science 121, INF221)
• Education (All first year students that registered for EDC101 and EDC111)
• Dentistry (Oral Hygiene and BCHD students)
• CHS (Physiotherapy, Sport science, Social work, School of Natural Medicine and Occupational Therapy)
• LAW (ILS111 and FLS111)
Following are comments from students related to the DAL Programme:
“I had Computer Applications Technology on school and doing the DAL course I’ve learned even more and did a few new stuff extra”.
“I finally know how to use Excel! This course has helped me a lot, i am very glad we had to attend these classes. I will use these skills every day, as well as for assignments”.
“I enjoyed this course and i have gained lot of information about it, and its now easy for me to understand computer”.
“I enjoyed the course it is has been a great help to me. Keep up the good work ”.