Social psychology (psychology)/Assessment/E-portfolio

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E-portfolios provide an ongoing, assessable learning activity which is meant to help students to record, explore, synthesise, and share their learning during the Social psychology unit.

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Challenges[edit]

Challenge #1: Create an account[edit]

The first challenge is to create an electronic e-portfolio! By the end of Week 2, you should have created an e-portolio, emailed the details to the unit convener, and recorded some reflections on the first two weeks of the unit.

Location
  • Really, all we are talking about here is that you are required to create a public-facing webspace (which could be anywhere) where you keep and demonstrate a record of your engagement with the learning activities in this unit.
  • E-portfolios could, in theory, be created anywhere (as long as the content is accessible to the public), but unless you've got a particularly good reason, it is strongly recommended that you create a Wikiversity account and build an e-portfolio within your registered user space - also see why create an account?.
Choose your user name carefully
  1. If you are happy to have your name attached to your work/reflections, then feel free to create a user account using something like your real name.
  2. If you do not want to have your real identity public, then feel free to create a user account using a pseudonym.
What happens next

Once you have created your account, email the convener with your Wikiversity user name, your real name (if different), and your student ID.

The convener will then "drop by" to check your page, help you to set it up, and post a welcome message to your talk page.

Then, you are 'underway' ...

Challenge #2: Start building content[edit]

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How you organise and what you put into your e-porfolio is entirely up to you, however guidelines and suggestions will be given along the way, plus you will be able to get ideas from reading other students' e-portfolios → see list of participants.

Remember, we're just talking about text here (e.g., see content is king). Fancy stuff (e.g., layout and images) can come later, if you wish. What we're talking about is you and your learning in this unit -- your engagement, ideas, responses, questions, opinions, observations, comments, confusions, insights, conversations, and anything else that genuinely reflects your active participation in the unit and its learning activities. And the e-portfolio is simply about providing tangible evidence of your engagement. By sharing our experiences, we can also collaborate with others (e.g., read and comment about others' reactions and learning experiences).

It might be helpful to think of the e-porfolio as a professional development exercise in creating a "CV" for the unit. Why not add it your CV/resume and show potential employers? It might help you to get a job!

Marking criteria[edit]

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Marking will reflect two criteria:

  1. Regularity/continuity (33.3%)
  2. Depth/insightfulness (66.6%)

Regularity/continuity[edit]

  1. Regularity refers to demonstrating a consistent and continuous engagement throughout the unit. The idea is to encourage and reward ongoing, regular participation in, and reflection upon, the unit's learning activities (e.g., lectures, tutorials, readings, and assessment tasks).
  2. Note that regularity isn't necessarily about the date of posting, but rather about providing evidence of engagement (via reflection) across and throughout the unit's learning activities.

Depth/insightfulness[edit]

  1. Depth refers to the extent of one's engagement (thinking, questioning, reading, researching, etc.) in the unit's learning activities. Length/size of contributions may be an indicator, but more important is the quality and depth of demonstrated engagement.
  2. There isn't a set way you to demonstrate this, but the following might be indicative: length, quality, references, links, ideas, opinions, discussion, images etc.
  3. Note that additional contributions that you make to Wikiversity outside of your user page plus contributions to the discussion list will also be considered as part of your e-portfolio (because it demonstrates engagement), however such participation is optional and an HD-level e-portfolio could be written without such participation.

Rubric[edit]

This marking rubric offers generic qualitative descriptions of likely reports types for each grade:

Grade Description
HD (High Distinction) A regular, detailed, extensive (indepth), insightful, readable, complete record of one's participation in the learning activities of the unit which demonstrates a strong knowledge of social psychology and makes particularly effective use of the Wikiversity environment.
DI (Distinction) A very good record of engagement with the unit's learning activities, with notable contributions in several areas (e.g., discussion list, notable depth or insightfulness) and makes very effective use of the Wikiversity environment.
CR (Credit) A sufficient and reasonably complete record of engagement with the unit's learning activities, with some evidence of notable additional effort (e.g., notable depth, insightfulness, and makes effective use of the Wikiversity environment.)
P (Pass) A sufficient and satisfactory record of engagement with the unit's learning activities.
F (Fail) Does not provide a sufficient or adequate record/evidence of satisfactory engagement with the unit's learning activities.

Style guidelines[edit]

The style requirements are very open, e.g.,

  • You do not need to use APA style, but linking and referencing of sources should be used where appropriate (e.g,. this can add to the depth).
  • You can write in the 1st person.
  • You do not necessarily need to write in full sentences and paragraphs (e.g., bullet-point lists can be effective). But only providing short-bullet point material may not indicate much in the way of depth/insightfulness.
  • You can post comments to other people's portfolios and to the discussion list. This can be a good way to build/expand your portfolio (e.g., invite others to visit your page and discuss with you).

FAQ[edit]

How can I get technical help?[edit]

  • Technical know-how should NOT be a barrier. But note that it is up to you to ask for assistance - e.g., via HELP.

How long should my e-porfolio be?[edit]

  • There is no upper or lower limit. But to give some very rough idea, aiming for 200 to 300 words per major topic (10 lecture topics) or learning activity would suggest a 2,000 to 3,000 word e-porfolio, which might suggest a similar length/weighting ratio as for the essay. But quality and regularlity is more important than overall size. Note that particularly long e-portfolios can be structured into sub-pages. Also, consider that "flat text" (i.e., with no hyperlinks) is probably not as "rich" as one with well-selected links.

What wiki skills do I need?[edit]

The basic required skills are:

How can I convert a word document?[edit]

  • If you've worked on your essay offline, in word processing document, and you have a lot of formatting you want to bring into Wikiversity (e.g., headings and links), we can convert it into wiki-text format. Email the convener who can help with this (the secret is to use the wiki-text export function in Open Office Writer.

Submission[edit]

  • Submission is not required as long as your e-portfolio is listed in participants. If your e-portfolio is not listed, contact the convener.
  • Your e-portfolio and Wikiversity contributions prior to the due date/time (Mon 03/11/08 09:00) will be deemed as your contribution.