Australian Council for Computers in Education
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Education / Centre for Schooling and Learning Technologies
This paper reports on the first stage of a three-year project to investigate the representation of student portfolios in digital forms for the purpose of summative assessment. In a number of senior secondary courses in Western Australia, such as Visual Arts and Design, students submit a physical portfolio for summative assessment that takes various forms dependent on the chosen context. The collection and judging/marking of these portfolios has increasingly been considered to be problematic by assessors, teachers and probably many students. While it should be feasible to digitize these portfolios and apply a similar method of marking, the digitization process and output would need to be shown to authentically represent the original work of the student. Since portfolios can vary considerably in form, structure and purpose, reliable assessment is very difficult and results from our previous research indicate that this problem may be better addressed through digitization. The first phase of the project involved creating digital representations of the practical creative work submitted by a sample of students in the Year 12 Visual Arts and Design courses and comparing the results of marking these with the physical forms.