Using the Learning Portfolio to Enhance and Assess Student Learning

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Thursday, November 13
1:15pm - 4:00pm
Kellogg Center, Michigamme Room

(Registration at 1:15pm; program begins at 1:30pm)


John ZubizarretaDirector, Honors and Faculty Development, Columbia College, S.C. and Carnegie Foundation/Case U.S. Professor of the Year 1994.

Learning portfolios offer a powerful complement to traditional measures of student achievement by engaging students in collecting selected samples of their work for outcomes assessment, evaluation, and career development and continuous reflection about the process of learning. The portfolio approach to gauging student learning—while not entirely new in higher education—is a compelling and flexible method of recording intellectual growth. It involves students in a higher-order, critically reflective process that enriches and refines their educational experience, helping to make them more aware of their own learning at more sophisticated levels. 

This session will offer a foundation for the value of reflective practice in student learning and a variety of practical applications of print and electronic learning portfolios from across disciplines and institutional programs. Learning portfolios inspire stimulating questions about what, when, and how students have learned; what difference the learning has made in their intellectual and personal development; and why reflection in learning is valuable. Participants will learn best-practice fundamentals and new models for assessing student learning. 

Co-Sponsored by The Graduate School, Preparing Future Faculty for the Assessment of Student Learning Initiative, and F&OD.

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