Trends in the Use of Electronic Portfolios for Accreditation Purposes
Keith Wetzel, Arizona State University, United States ; Neal Strudler, Ashley Addis, Tamara Luz, University of Nevada - Las Vegas, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Charleston, SC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-67-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
This descriptive study analyzed 64 Board of Examiner (BOE) reports submitted to NCATE in 2007 to reveal trends in the use of electronic portfolios (EPs) for accreditation purposes. In comparison to 2004 baseline data (Mitchell, Allen & Ehrenberg, 2006) the current study found far greater use of EPs for accreditation purposes. Commercially available, large-scale portfolio and data analysis systems are increasingly being employed rather than off-the-shelf applications such as Microsoft Word and EXCEL. Implementation issues identified by Mitchell and colleagues, however, continue to be cited in the BOE reports, including the need to ensure consistency and fairness in evaluation, and the need to aggregate and use data for meaningful program improvement. Recommendations for future research are provided.
Wetzel, K., Strudler, N., Addis, A. & Luz, T. (2009). Trends in the Use of Electronic Portfolios for Accreditation Purposes. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2009--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 233-237). Charleston, SC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).