Assessing graduate engineering programs with eportfolios: A comprehensive design process

Rachel L. Kajfez, Mahnas J. Mohammadi-Aragh, Philip R. Brown, Kathaharine A. Mann, Cheryl A. Carrico, Kelly J. Cross, John A. Janeski, Lisa D. Mcnair

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Abstract

ePortfolios (EPs) have been used in a variety of applications ranging from undergraduate assessment to graduate student work showcases. We hypothesize that the flexible, individualized nature of EPs makes them suitable assessment tools for graduate engineering programs, which are likewise flexible and individualized. Our investigation resulted in a systematic design process that can be used to create EP systems for graduate programmatic assessment. The process was used to develop EP assessment systems for three different engineering graduate programs. Results indicate that (1) the end products, the EP assessment systems, were directly affected by the graduate programs' culture and vision of graduate engineering assessment, and that (2) EPs are flexible based on departmental or program needs. Therefore, we conclude that EPs are appropriate for assessment in graduate engineering programs and that a systematic process of development can be used.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAdvances in Engineering Education
Volume3
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 29 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Graduate programs
  • ePortfolio design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Engineering(all)

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