Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Australian Council for Computers in Education


Faculty of Education and Arts


School of Education / Centre for Schooling and Learning Technologies




Newhouse, C. P. (2014). Digital portfolios for summative assessment. Proceedings of Australasian Computers in Education Conference. (pp. 260-267). Adelaide, S.A. Australian Council for Computers in Education. Available here


The collection and scoring of creative practical work for summative assessment across a large jurisdiction such as Western Australia is challenging. An alternative approach would be to submit digital representations as online portfolios. However, to give a valid and reliable measure the representations would need to be of adequate quality. Further, judgements of creative practical work are necessarily subjective giving concern about the reliability of scores for high-stakes assessment. The paired comparisons method of scoring lends itself to addressing this problem and is feasible where the work is in digital form. This paper reports on a three-year study to investigate the representation of student practical work in digital forms for the purpose of summative assessment in the Visual Arts and Design courses. This study set out to determine whether the digital approach was feasible and adequate fidelity could be achieved in order to use the paired comparisons method of scoring. The study found this process was feasible, and the results were acceptable. However, the approach lacked support from Visual Arts teachers and students who wanted the original artworks to be assessed. By contrast the attitudes and perceptions of Design teachers and students were very supportive.

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