[Portfolio] Turning in form instances for assignments

Jacques Raynauld jacques.raynauld at hec.ca
Tue Jul 6 10:00:10 PDT 2010

Hi Sean. Using forms much more extensively for assignments in portfolios is a great idea.  We should keep that in mind for Sakai 3 and make sure that the new form editor is simple enough that it can be used on a routine basis by instructors.  In fact, we have started working on this.

Jacques Raynauld
HEC Montréal


No, I haven't. However, I can imagine that if you could write some
simple (sakaifn) functions that you could call from within a custom
form renderer (that would provide the user's name, for example), you
COULD create a form like that.
But, I am not sure how you would integrate that with a quiz.

Sean Keesler
130 Academy Street
Manlius, NY 13104
sean.keesler at threecanoes.com

On Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 3:57 PM, Luke Fernandez <luke.fernandez at gmail.com> wrote:

> > Sean,
> >
> > I can't speak to your below question but I'm currently trying to find
> > a form builder that we could integrate into our homegrown quizzing
> > tool as a new test type.  The idea would be to use the test to present
> > custom forms to a student.  The data would then be submitted to the
> > form site instead of our own quizzing db.  I've thought of using
> > Google's form builder and I like it because it's API presents an easy
> > to use that allows me to prepopulate a form via URL parameters (
> > http://docs.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=160000 ).
> > Unfortunately, Google's form builder doesn't include file upload
> > capabilities which is something we need.
> >
> > Is something like the above easy to do with Sakai form tool?  If it
> > was I'd consider using it....the Sakai form needs to be something that
> > can be presented as a widget from within our home grown quizzing
> > application...and I need to be able to pass to the Sakai form some
> > basic context info that would be stored in the form including the
> > user's name and possibly the course.
> >
> > Have you heard of people in Sakai doing anything like this?
> >
> > Luke
> >
> > On Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 1:31 PM, Sean Keesler
> > <sean.keesler at threecanoes.com> wrote:
>> >> Many programs have "key assessments" that faculty envision as having a
>> >> special role in portfolios for different audiences.
>> >> For example, a School of Education is likely to ask students to design
>> >> lesson plans, try them in the classroom and then analyze/reflect on
>> >> the experience.
>> >> A series of lesson plans is something that is useful to hold up as
>> >> evidence of student learning for program assessment, a useful teaching
>> >> a learning experience and as a showcase piece for a resume-like
>> >> portfolio. One document type with multiple uses.
>> >>
>> >> The typical course instructor will probably create assignments in
>> >> their classes requiring students to create these special artifacts,
>> >> but if they are turned in as Word, PDF or other form of document
>> >> attachment, they are not readily available as portfolio content.
>> >> (well...that isn't true...you could attach files to your
>> >> portfolios...but it might be nice to render them as HTML...)
>> >> If faculty were able to agree on a consistent (across the program)
>> >> format for a form that would represent that type of special assessment
>> >> and REQUIRE students to turn in work by filling out a form (instead of
>> >> attaching a .doc or .pdf), multiple templates could be created that
>> >> would anticipate and nicely display those documents for different
>> >> purposes. Custom view renderers could make it more "professional" than
>> >> the default renderer might. When added to a portfolio, the document
>> >> contents could be styled like the rest of the portfolio.
>> >>
>> >> Has anyone asked students to attach form instances to assignments? Any
>> >> pros? cons?
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> Sean Keesler
>> >> 130 Academy Street
>> >> Manlius, NY 13104
>> >> 315-682-0830
>> >> sean.keesler at threecanoes.com
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