[Portfolio] Word documents vs. Forms in Portfolios

Robin Hill Hill at uwyo.edu
Thu Jul 7 10:27:41 PDT 2011

Last fall, I wrote a narrative of simple portfolio development, from start to finish, with the OSP tools.  You can find it on the Portfolio Project Confluence page, https://confluence.sakaiproject.org/display/OSP/Project+--+Portfolio (by following the "Narrative" link at the bottom of the Community Resources box).  It contains "real" sample materials and screenshots.

This might help to clarify the options and determine your course.  The process as described looks daunting, because it requires serious planning and design, and serious technical work-- and because my own venture was somewhat uninformed and sloppy.  But the problems that I illustrated, so helpfully, you can rectify!-- with adequate resources and good management.

  Robin K. Hill, Ph. D.      Coordinator of Instructional Computing, University of Wyoming
  [On professional leave, 2010-2011]
  hill at uwyo.edu        307-760-8508   http://www.uwyo.edu/HILL
From: portfolio-bounces at collab.sakaiproject.org [portfolio-bounces at collab.sakaiproject.org] on behalf of Eric Hanson [Eric.Hanson at usuhs.mil]
Sent: Thursday, July 07, 2011 7:32 AM
To: portfolio at collab.sakaiproject.org
Subject: [Portfolio] Word documents vs. Forms in Portfolios

Good morning,

The Uniformed Services University is launching into portfolio use for medical students starting on campus this Fall.

Our courses and clerkships have a number of assignments and forms that they now use and they wish students to complete and submit those in OSP.

A fundamental question we have is the pros and cons of developing the XML-based forms and associated code versus simply having the students upload the assignment or document through assignments or the portfoliio.

What are the drawbacks of primarily using word documents to populate the matrix?  Are there challenges for feedback or evaluation?  What about pulling those items into a portfolio view?

Thanks, I have a feeling I will be on here a great deal over the next month.

Eric Hanson

Eric E. Hanson, MBA
Chief Knowledge Officer
Office of the CIO
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 295-3352
eric.hanson at usuhs.mil

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