These publications were selected as evidence of my writing skills and
my knowledge about portfolios that support assessment for learning. I
chose examples of my publications from the early 1990s through to the
summer of 2004. I can definitely see a change in my thinking about
portfolios, from learning about e-portfolio tools, to learning about
assessment for learning.
I developed a book proposal with Joanne Carney to address Portfolios at
the Crossroads: the impact of high stakes accountability and emerging
technologies on the portfolio in education.
The latest article that I published in Learning & Leading with
Technology, April 2000, focused on "Using Off-the-Shelf Software to
Showcase Your Own or Student Work." In this article, I moved from
commercial software to the use of common desktop software tools.
This was my first publication on Electronic Portfolios, published in
The Computing Teacher, March, 1994. Reprinted in Student Portfolios: A
Collection of Articles edited by Robin Fogarty (1996). Palatine,
Illinois: IRI/Skylight Training & Publishing, Inc., pp. 127-137.
This SITE 2004 paper addresses some of the issues of definition,
between electronic portfolios and online assessment management systems.
It is difficult to conduct comparative research on electronic
portfolios because of the emergence of very diverse models of
implementation, especially in some of the new commercial tools that are
available. These different implementations and "definition by default"
make the task more difficult. This paper is an attempt to delineate the
differences between electronic portfolios and online assessment
This 2004 paper covers the conflicting paradigms in portfolio
development, positivism vs. constructivism. The paper covers the Legal
and Psychometric Issues of High Stakes Portfolios, and how to separate
assessment management systems and electronic portfolios, to maintain
the integrity of both. Links to institutions who have successfully kept
the two tools separate. Discusses a theory of motivation and electronic
portfolios around content, purpose, and process.
This 2004 paper provides the a summary of assessment of and for
learning, portfolios that support assessment for learning, and
technologies that engage learners in the portfolio development process:
digital storytelling, blogs and wikis.