Competency-Based Learning: 10 Elements, 10 Tools, & 10 PoliciesEducation Week News (blog)Multiple assessments aligned with standards-based learning experiences (i.e., units of instruction, projects, learning games), some teacher scored and some...
There's something attractive about titles that promise "10 tips...." and that give you a finite number of items you expect to encounter and learn about. Since competency-based learning can be a factor when implementing eportfolios, I bit at this one -- http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/on_innovation/2012/10/competency-based_learning_10_elements_10_tools_10_policies.html. One does indeed find 30 -- three sets of 10 -- items that frame the move toward competency-based instruction. While this seemed to jibe more with Common Core standards for K-12, some items also jibe with factors that support eportfolio implementation. I appreciated the emphasis on multiple assessments that work well with another suggestion: "a super grade book that captures teacher and content-embedded assessment observations." (It's helpful to have more than one way to observe and measure learning.)
Unfortunately, under the section on "Advances," the only mention of portfolios was presented as "tools that store 'personal-best' artifacts." Granted, this article was not intended to be an in-depth look at folio-thinking, but I maintain that it is more useful to talk about "learning spaces" than to reduce the potentially transformative value of eportfolios to a mere "tool."
(JWB, AAEEBL 10/27/12)