Sunday, December 2, 2018

How is a Reflective Portfolio Assessed?

This is the third of a series of posts on how to provide students with help when preparing a reflective portfolio. This is specifically for students of  ANU Tech Launcher and the ANU Computer Science Internship. Previously 
I looked at what students are expected to learn through a reflective portfolio. But how is it assessed?

The details of the Work Portfolio Package (WPP) are available on the ANU TechLauncher website. The WPP is in the form of an application for a real position, selected by the student. This can be for employment, study, or similar.

The student prepares a document of about 8 pages:
  1. Cover letter (1 page)
  2. Statement addressing the selection criteria (200-250 words per criterion)
  3. CV (2 pages)
  4. Supplementary material, such as examples of work (2 pages).
The marking criteria are:
  1. evidence of decision-making
  2. maturity of reflection
  3. professional tone
  4. evidence of life-long learning
  5. acting on feedback
  6. professional attitude
 These can be placed under the previously developed headings:

  • maturity of reflection
  • evidence of life-long learning 
  • professional tone
  • professional attitude 
  • evidence of decision-making
  • acting on feedback
Some of these have proven difficult for the students to understand. As an example, the concept of "reflection" on learning is a difficult one (which I still struggle with, despite some training). Also "life-long learning" difficult for a young student, yet to start their career, to discuss.

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