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E-PORTFOLIOS david raths Building a Three-Dimensional
Record of Student Learning
Forward-looking universities are expanding the traditional student transcript into a more complete digital representation of learning inside and outside the classroom.
FORMER STANFORD UNIVERSITY (CA) registrar Tom Black once described the traditional college transcript as “the record of everything the student has forgotten.”
According to Helen Chen, director of e-portfolio initiatives in Stanford’s Office of the University Registrar, that dissatisfaction with the limitations of the basic transcript has spurred the university to launch several projects to explore new representations of the student record that might do a better job of conveying a student’s learning as well as co-curricular activities.
One prototype sought to organize the student record not chronologically, but according to learn- ing outcomes. “Our general education courses define learning outcomes,” Chen said. “What if you could organize the student record according to those outcomes rather than an emphasis on courses and grades?”
Another effort called “Edusalsa” wondered what would happen if students could color-code their transcripts based on interests, strengths and weaknesses, to facilitate internal advising conversations. Stanford is one of a dozen colleges and universities that received grant funding in 2015-2016 as part of the Comprehensive Student Record Project to explore new digital representations of stu- dent learning and co-curricular activity, including using e-portfolios and badges to complement transcripts. The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
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