Q: When considering the relationship between technology and efficacy, specifically pertaining to Anthology Portfolio and the College of Education, what are some of the key aspects of that relationship you both felt propelled your assessment practice forward?
A: There are many things about Anthology Portfolio that enable us to excel at our work, but the two “game changers” we’d like to call out are Experiential Learning and Data Visibility and Engagement.
Experiential Learning: Anthology Portfolio’s Experiential Learning suite made setting up and managing all components of field placement so much easier than it used to be. We used to have three different systems that we set up and managed to facilitate field placement, and now we accomplish this with the same technology that supports our key assessments. Also, the ability to report on specific populations both at the student and district or partner level is key for us. Because of this functionality, we can compare population make-ups within certain districts or areas of the state and recommend any shifts or changes that need to be made, so our teacher candidates have a diverse experience. Experiential learning functionality is included in our Anthology Portfolio license, so we aren’t paying extra, but we are definitely seeing benefits.
Data Visibility and Engagement: Within Anthology Portfolio, we created custom file libraries for each program. These libraries are fully customizable, and we structured them to map out the program standards and the components associated with each standard. We’ve also mapped indicators from our six key assessments to specific standards, both in the file library and in the rubrics themselves. The faculty love visibility, as it’s easy for them to know where to find data, and after reviewing data collected in Anthology Portfolio, while they are assessing, it gives a picture of achievement and areas for growth. Having a location to share data within the same system that we are collecting results simplifies the process for the faculty, improves participation, and helps to drive a continuous improvement model around student learning, which is a fundamental component for CAEP accreditation.