Title

Using learning outcomes and e-portfolios to assess student learning in information systems

Source of Publication

ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings

Abstract

This paper shows how electronic portfolios can be used as an effective tool to assess student academic progress and shows how learning outcomes can be used to provide focus for IS programs. Achievement of learning outcomes enables academic institutions to monitor and improve information systems programs. Two sets of learning outcomes are identified to provide focus to the curriculum. The college major learning outcomes form the basis of the curriculum and serve as a focus for curricular design and improvement. The University learning outcomes are an overarching set of higher-level outcomes. A master course syllabus that includes the course contribution to specific learning outcomes is developed. Instructors use the master syllabus to design course content and build learning experiences that are used to address a desired learning outcome. Students are required to develop an electronic portfolio that includes samples of their most important learning experiences, which may be projects, term papers, extracurricular experiences, and internship reports. The electronic portfolio is reviewed and assessed by faculty members on a regular basis to monitor student progress. During their final semester, students finalize their electronic portfolio and present their achievements to a faculty panel. The electronic portfolios allow students to document and reflect on their learning experiences. Integrating learning outcomes into the curriculum provides a mean for faculty to assess the effectiveness of the academic programs.

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

First Page

15317

Last Page

15328

Publication Date

8-1-2005

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