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Scorion: Flexible and programmatic learning in the workplace

Scorion is the modern and secure portfolio platform for programmatical testing and other innovative educational concepts in the education of students and professionals. With the Scorion e-portfolio, students and supervisors easily construe feedback and complete assessments, digitally in our app. The Scorion dashboard illustrates, based on data, an accurate picture of your progress and performance at any time.

What is Scorion?

Scorion is an online platform that allows a full digital record of training activities provided with feedback. Unlike the ‘classic’ portfolios with documents, Scorion is shaped by data. This data is collected simply in between work in practice and saves time. Because the structure of the platform corresponds to that of the course itself, the assessment and feedback track the educational process, making it familiar for students. This way learning, testing, and providing feedback becomes integrated. They become one entity, as it were.

A student sees the program represented in several ‘forms’ which in turn can be bundled according to the cohort, year of study, or a more content-related learning curve. This can be shaped as an assessment, or as a self-reflection, a test, a 360-degree feedback, or one of the other 25 test and feedback processes that Scorion has. A form can be designed in many different ways. One of those ways is an app where you type in solicited or unsolicited feedback for a student. The concept is that each activity is provided with feedback. This feedback can have an assessment or more of a reflective nature.

In Scorion all collected data points can be displayed in different ways on the dashboards. A dashboard differs per course because it displays the information necessary to determine whether someone is on track or not. We understand that this means different things for every assessor, supervisor, counselor, or student.
The platform supports typical portfolio-like functions such as sharing files, adding files to an assessment, or handing in assignments. Furthermore, the portfolio, or part of it, can be securely shared with others.

The Scorion platform consists of some modules with a clear structure. Using one of the modules, the design studio, a department can create its forms and dashboards. This way, an educational organization can adapt the system whenever and wherever necessary. The structure of the platform ensures that the systematics are preserved. Each module has a specific function so it does not become unnecessarily complicated. Because an educational program can sometimes contain several different variables, we designed a special item-bank where everything can come together clearly.

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Who is Scorion for?

Scorion has been used for more than ten years as a portfolio platform for students in scientific and higher education as well as for professionals in companies and institutions. The portfolio is designed to provide feedback on both theoretical assignments and practical situations.

This is called workplace-learning or programmatic testing. Scorion assumes that learning does not necessarily have to take place in a class or group and therefore supports individual training trajectories. In this way, a program can attune testing and assessment to the education provided and a detailed picture emerges of someone’s performance. Scorion will accurately represent the education or training because of its high degree of flexibility, making it suitable for any training in which competence is more than a collection of documents.

Why Scorion?

Flexibility

Whether you work with EPAs, competencies, CANmeds, learning curves, or entirely different systems in your curriculum…

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For Scorion this does not matter.

The more teaching or a learning situation connects to (professional) practice, the higher the efficiency. That is why Scorion is based on the idea that systems should match reality and not the other way around. Additionally, every course or trainig is different and unique in its educational needs, its related tests, and how feedback is provided. Many educational institutions use competencies, learning outcomes, core tasks, or learning objectives to measure practical skills. In recent years, we have seen in medical education that EPAs (Prof. Olle ten Cate) are increasingly being implemented. And as mentioned before… to Scorion it does not matter what the curriculum looks like.

We sometimes get asked by institutions whether we can ‘send’ a demo. We then try to explain that Scorion is not a standard ‘package’ and that the best way to see how Scorion works is based on your particular course. There is no standard way to execute the concept of programmatic testing. How such a concept works out for a course depends very much on the views or ideas around the type of education in particular. Hence, in that case, we always look at the curriculum and set up a demo based on that. This can often be done quickly. Most demos give a very good idea of what the benefits of Scorion are. Especially when you see a dashboard that immediately showcases how well you are performing.

Access via all devices

The user-friendly Scorion apps can be used on your laptop or desktop, but also via mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.

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Feedback is often given while working in practice. It is convenient to record this feedback immediately. A smartphone or tablet is often close at hand. The Scorion app is very user friendly. You can just record the feedback and it will be saved as text. It is also possible to give ‘unsolicited’ feedback with the Feedforward app.

Own CMS

With the help of an in-house CMS, an administrator within an institution can further develop and adjust the portfolio independently after implementation.

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With the help of an in-house CMS, an administrator within an institution can further develop and adjust the portfolio independently after implementation.

The own content management system is a unique and powerful feature of Scorion. Especially because Scorion is so flexible. You save costs and can introduce changes much more decisively whenever necessary. Because assessment and feedback are different for each course, the forms and processes in Scorion are adapted for each course. That is why only a tailor-made system is not a solution. Customizing a course does make you flexible, but it usually involves high costs. Every course then needs a customized system, which can create a logistics hazard. Sometimes it is possible to copy a system and adapt it, but this method of working will likely become unmanageable in the long run.

Scorion is flexible and offers you the option to adapt it yourself using its unique management and administration system. For an institution with several programs, the institution itself can be in control of these adaptations. This saves time and money. It is important, however, that the right choices are made when designing the test methods and the cut-off scores. Usually, the Scorion team will assist in this matter at the start of an implementation. The Scorion educational consultants have extensive experience with such projects at various colleges and universities. The Scorion team offers several training courses at different levels, after which employees of educational institutions can manage Scorion themselves and easily change it.

Programmatic assessment

By supporting more than twenty different testing processes, Scorion promotes flexible and personalized education and creates the possibility to make adequate decisions based on data.

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The Scorion platform is highly suitable for a programmatic approach. Programmatic testing can be considered a form of testing, but additionally, it holds the shape of a vision. A vision that is increasingly being applied by educational institutions in university and higher education, and more recently in secondary education. Prof. Cees van der Vleuten started with the idea about 20 years ago and at this moment this educational concept is embraced worldwide in various forms of education. The concept can play a primary role in the future of feedback culture.

Originally, this concept is based on the fact that a single assessment cannot tell you much about how a student has progressed. After all, students learn different skills and competencies during their education, which cannot be summarized in one test.

In programmatic testing, many different student learning moments are tracked and recorded as data points. The decision on whether someone is competent or not depends on many small and large learning moments rather than one final test. These moments often consist of feedback, which students and professionals collect based on a task performed. The more learning moments are collected by a person, the better the picture of their learning process. These learning moments can have a more voluntary (formative) character or a more assessing or mandatory character (summative). (source: Cees van der Vleuten)

Many educational institutions that conduct Programmatic Testing, therefore, work with Scorion. This is because many different forms of assessment can be integrated into Scorion shaped like forms. This way, students and professionals can easily ask for feedback themselves or fill out forms digitally. All learning moments are stored in Scorion and merged into a clear overview that shows the progress of the learning process at a glance.

In 2005 we first developed the Scorion platform. One of the first projects was a Surf project that was executed together with Hogeschool Utrecht and Saxion. In this project, we designed a test model based on the ZelCom method. Using this method a lot of detailed test data was stored. And that, in turn, led to an enormous increase in administration for teachers. It soon became clear that this would never work without digital support. In the Surf project DINK (Doorstromen in de keten), an early variety of what later became known as programmatic testing, the term coined by Prof. Cees van der Vleuten, was used for the first time.

Data security

Scorion is ISO:27001 and NEN:7510 certified. This means that Scorion handles data responsibly, safely, and confidentially.

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Scorion is ISO:27001 and NEN:7510 certified. This means that Scorion handles data responsibly, safely, and confidentially.

Scorion’s goal is to support students and institutions. The data that is stored also exclusively serves this purpose. The data that is recorded and stored in Scorion belongs to the educational institution and the student. Since this may involve sensitive and personal data, it is vital users can trust that it will be handled properly and that it is safe. Scorion has been concerned with data security since its first implementation and it is therefore in the DNA of the organization. For a few years, Scorion is one of the first educational systems that is ISO:27001 and NEN:7510 certified. We have summarized all information concerning this on a seperate page.

Apps make giving feedback easier

Scorion apps ensure that tasks, tests, and feedback can be added to Scorion at any time.

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Scorion apps ensure that tasks, tests, and feedback can be added to Scorion at any time.

The latest version of Scorion is fully device-independent. It does not matter if you use a smartphone, a tablet or laptop, or a desktop computer.

When implementing programmatic testing, many ‘data points’ are recorded. There is a risk that assessors and supervisors become ‘horrified’ by all the administration. Software must support and enhance the learning process and not disrupt it. Therefore, smart applications that are easy to use and manage are essential. Scorion works with different modules that make measuring the learning process as easy as possible. The new ‘Feedforward app’ for example. This app enables students, professionals, and their supervisors to easily give feedback which will be stored as text.

Educational experience

Since 2006, the Scorion team has been improving and implementing e-portfolios and programmatic educational concepts derived from an educational vision.

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Since 2006, the Scorion team has been improving and implementing e-portfolios and programmatic educational concepts derived from an educational vision.

It is not as much about technology as it is about education. This translates to our organization, half of which consists of technicians, half of education professionals. If an educational institution wants to work with Scorion, we will always first work with them to see how this can best be achieved. The basis has to be right so that an institution does not afterward find out that it has made a wrong decision. For the many learning moments that are recorded, this must be done with the right test or feedback instruments and methods. If this is not done properly at the source, it is difficult to recover afterward. Learning moments recorded in Scorion are diverse. They can range from self-reflection or feedback, but they can also be a more complex OSCE (station test), a short practice assessment (KPB) a 360 feedback, peer feedback, or other reflections and conversations. All these moments are often recorded and structured according to models such as competencies, CANmeds, EPAs, learning objectives, core tasks, or other concepts.

These are measured with different scaling methods of supervision, Likert scales, or Stanines. This interplay of methods ensures that in the end you have a clear picture on one dashboard and you can therefore properly assess how you or someone else perform(s). Students and professionals can immediately see how they perform in different areas. Thus, the dashboards differ from one educational concept to another. It is possible to use different educational concepts interchangeably and implement multiple dashboards.

Professional use

Scorion is tailored to the curriculum of the educational institution – and not the other way around.

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Scorion is tailored to the curriculum of the educational institution – and not the other way around.

This results in large projects and often long-term partnerships between educational institutions and Parantion. The past years have shown that this approach precisely matches how education is restructured.

The introduction of Scorion is somewhat different than purchasing a tool. The Scorion team, together with the institution, considers optimal realization. For this purpose, we use an introductory process diagram based on years of experience. The scheme consists of 13 components that are carried out step by step. Often educational institutions themselves already have a good idea of what needs to happen. Especially when there is already a well thought out concept, implementation can be realized within a few months. It is therefore often more a matter of introducing an educational concept and a new curriculum than simply a new software system. For some institutions, it might mean a different way of working. Institutions in which lecturers, assessors, test developers, and supervisors are closely involved in the implementation are often most successful. After this introduction, the selected methods and structures must be well preserved in case of any changes.

Scorion is created together with education

Scorion is tailored to the curriculum of the course – and not the other way around.

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The Scorion platform is further evaluated quite uniquely. This happens on four tracks. The roadmap, specific trajectories, innovations, and modernization. The roadmap is custom-made with users. Twice a year, all key users come together to determine the ‘roadmap’ for the following period. As an institution, you, therefore, influence what this roadmap will lead to.

If an institution has a specific request for the design of a particular function, this can be taken into account, provided that it is in line with the (broad) educational vision behind Scorion. For example, the OSCE module was recently developed in close cooperation with the Erasmus University Medical Center and a hand-in module with the University of Groningen. All functionality that is produced will always be made available to all other institutes. This is one of the unique examples in which Scorion can continuously change shape.

The third track is innovation. Approximately 10 new concepts are created each year. This can be something very innovative, abstract, or a concrete issue that solves a particular problem. Sometimes we look 10 years ahead. These concepts are designed by students in a kind of lab as a prototype. In the following period, concepts that we or users consider valuable are shaped into a first product version and then tested. If successful, the feature can be included in Scorion.

Finally, Scorion is permanently modernized and technical functional improvements are constantly added. These topics are often added to the roadmap by the Scorion development team.

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