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Electronic Portfolio For Assessment Of Engineering

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

End Date

June 23, 2004



Conference Session

Multidisciplinary Courses and Issues

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9.517.1 - 9.517.7



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Dominic Halsmer

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Electronic Portfolio for Assessment of Engineering

Dominic M. Halsmer, PhD, PE, Professor, Chair

Engineering and Physics Department Oral Roberts University 7777 S. Lewis Ave. Tulsa, OK 74171 918-495-6935


In an effort to continuously improve the quality of education in the general engineering program at Oral Roberts University, a new tool known as Electronic Portfolio or e-Portfolio has been implemented as the primary data-gathering instrument for assessment. Students periodically submit exhibits to the portfolio as evidence that educational objectives are being met. Not only does this provide good information for program improvement, but it also allows the students to see more clearly how their lives are being transformed. This is highly motivating for both students and faculty, and it also helps to streamline the ongoing assessment process.

Students take a more active role in helping to assess their education by electronically submitting evaluations, coursework, test scores, and survey results at the entry, intermediate, and capstone levels. These exhibits are carefully selected to demonstrate satisfaction of the program educational objectives, which are derived from departmental and university mission statements, ABET evaluation criteria, and input from other constituents. A professional level may also be added to facilitate the gathering of information from alumni, employers, and graduate school advisors. Data is then aggregated, disaggregated, and evaluated to assist in making program improvements. The e-Portfolio effectively serves as an individualized web site for each student. Multiple e-Portfolios may be developed by each student for different purposes. A growth portfolio highlights improvements in student’s knowledge and abilities. A portfolio developed for a prospective employer or graduate school highlights the student’s best work. Faculty may also customize e-Portfolios to meet their individual needs. University-wide implementation issues are discussed including the necessary training for students to use the software effectively, and advisor responsibilities.

“Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education”

Halsmer, D. (2004, June), Electronic Portfolio For Assessment Of Engineering Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13777

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