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Recommended Citation: Love, D O.  Student Portfolios: Bring the Kids When You Move to the Web.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2000, v 17 (Philadelphia): §241.

Student Portfolios: Bring the Kids When You Move to the Web

Douglas O. Love    [a1] [a2]
Department of Accounting
Illinois State University    [u1] [u2]
Normal, Illinois, USA    [c1] [c2]

There is a better approach to exploiting the Internet than piecemeal electronification of instructors' materials. This paper offers a system that balances instructor content with student content using a database approach that not only delivers course materials, but also delivers student portfolios created in response to the course materials. The Internet-based student/teaching portfolio system facilitates implementation and assessment of competency-based curricula. The heart of the system is a database containing instructor provided course competencies and activities/assignments that students complete to demonstrate mastery of the competencies. For each activity/assignment, the database contains instructor provided detail and help; Web resource pointers; and assessment description. Although the delivery of course materials is an important component of the system, the system is believed to be unique in its focus on showcasing and delivering multimedia portfolios the students create in response to the various competency activities. That is, it is unique in its focus on multimedia portfolios that students create to demonstrate their mastery of competencies developed in student life activities, career planning efforts; and in formal course work. During the system's five year development, implementation, and revision period, more than four thousand students from multiple institutions have been involved in building Web based multimedia portfolios using the system.

Keywords: competency-based curriculum, distance learning, Internet-based curriculum, lifelong learning, mentoring, student portfolios, teaching portfolios

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