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Demonstrating Competencies with E-Portfolios: The Carolina MPA

, , University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in New Orleans, LA, USA ISBN 978-1-939797-12-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA


The paper describes the conceptual design, instructional development and organizational implementation involved with the transition from a traditional end of program capstone project to a competence-oriented portfolio and oral exam assessment in a public administration graduate program. This process included establishing program standards, choosing a portfolio infrastructure, creating scaffolds for navigation and content display, developing assessment rubrics, conducting training sessions for students and faculty, guiding the students through a portfolio course, and fostering peer feedback among students. The case study reflects upon the perspectives of students, faculty, instructors and program leadership. Based on an overview of e-portfolios in higher education, we discuss the challenges and potential of their adoption as graduation requirements to foster competency-based assessment.


Panke, S. & Stephens, J. (2014). Demonstrating Competencies with E-Portfolios: The Carolina MPA. In T. Bastiaens (Ed.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning (pp. 1511-1529). New Orleans, LA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 6, 2021 from .



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