Using Portfolios to Assess Student Learning

Helen Bond, Ph.D.

Feb 17, 2010


Winner of Howard University’s Teaching with Technology Award, Dr. Helen Bond came to Howard’s Department of Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Maryland’s University College, where she directed a distance-learning program.  Since joining Howard’s faculty in 2006, Dr. Bond has published articles about diversity and distance-learning and has been researching technologies that facilitate collaboration and other forms of social interaction.  At the same time, she has been developing distance-learning courses for K-12 teachers with funds from a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. 

Within her department, Dr. Bond has spearheaded the development of electronic teaching portfolios.  Prior to Dr. Bond’s arrival, the department was collecting notebook portfolios while many other institutions were requiring electronic ones.  Now, according to Dr. Bond, “teacher candidates (preservice teachers) in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education are required to develop an electronic portfolio that is organized around the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) Standards…. The electronic portfolio consists of artifacts supported by reflections that document a candidate’s progress toward meeting the INTASC standards. Teacher candidates begin the development of the electronic portfolio early in their program and continue until the completion of student teaching.”  Because of Dr. Bond’s initiative, all of the candidates must successfully complete an electronic portfolio to earn a Master’s degree.

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