More and more educational institutions want to track students’ development on competencies or learning outcomes over a longer period of time and make holistic decisions based on this development. However, traditional educational systems, such as an LMS or assessment software, alone are often no longer sufficient to measure students’ progress and optimally support them in their learning process. This article discusses how a digital portfolio such as Scorion can be used to provide holistic insight into students’ development and optimally support them in their learning process.
Holistic decision making in education
Holistic decision-making involves taking into account multiple aspects of a student, such as personality, motivation and life experience, rather than just grades and performance. More and more educational institutions are recognizing the need to approach students as individuals and make decisions based on a fuller picture of who the student is and what their potential is.
A portfolio for insightful development
To provide insight into student development on competencies or learning outcomes, portfolio tools, such as Scorion, are often used. Scorion has been used for about 10 years to support innovative educational concepts, including the holistic approach in education. The portfolio platform provides the ability to collect data from various test moments or data points and design a customized dashboard for each course based on that data.
Collaborations with degree programs: customized dashboards
Scorion has collaborated with several programs, including the Medicine program at UMCG and the Dentistry program at Radboudumc. This collaboration has led to the development of unique dashboards tailored to the specific needs of each program. Scorion offers the possibility to optimally support and monitor the learning process of each student, regardless of the type of curriculum or assessment used.
Below you can view the dashboards of these programs and they are briefly explained:
Dashboard Medicine at UMCG (2014)
During this project, we implemented the G2020 curriculum in Scorion together with the UMCG School of Medicine. This curriculum programmatically tests and displays development on the CanMeds competencies.
The student collects data points in Scorion within a certain period of time. The assessment is based on a 3-point scale, Not On Track (NOT), On Track (OT) and Fast On Track (FOT). This is displayed on the dashboard in – respectively – an orange, light green or darker green color.
Dashboard Dentistry Radboudumc (2017)
The Scorion platform was set up during this project to visualize development on EPAs (Entrustable Professional Activities). Within the program, several EPAs are being worked on and assessed based on a rubric. These rubrics address various criteria and allow for narrative reflection and feedback.
Support for any type of curriculum
In short, a portfolio platform like Scorion can be used to holistically support student learning. With the ability to collect data from different test moments or data points and design a customized dashboard based on that data, Scorion can be tailored to the specific needs of each program. This results in the ability to track students’ development on competencies or learning outcomes over a longer period of time and support their learning in a holistic way. The collaborations with different programs show that Scorion is suitable for different curricula and types of assessment. Scorion thus provides a valuable tool for educational institutions that want to respond to the changing needs of students and innovate education.
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