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8:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Kellogg Center Room 103AB
MSU Graduate School
Faculty Knowledge Essentials, Pedagogy: How people learn

Using the Learning Portfolio to Enhance and Assess Student Learning

Engaging students not only in collecting selected samples of their work for outcomes assessment, evaluation, and career development but also in continuous reflection about the process of learning is a powerful complement to traditional measures of student achievement. The portfolio approach to gauging student learning—while not entirely new in higher education—is yet a compelling and widely diverse method of recording intellectual growth. It involves students in a higher-order, critically reflective process that enriches and refines their educational experience, helping to make them more aware of their own learning at more sophisticated levels. This session will offer both a foundation for the value of reflective practice in student learning and a variety of practical applications of print and electronic learning portfolios fro m across disciplines and institutional programs. Learning portfolios inspire critically stimulating questions about what, when, and how students have learned; what difference the learning has made in their intellectual and personal development; and why reflection in learning is valuable. Presenting best-practice fundamentals and new models and discovering new ideas through interactive conversation and resource sharing will be key objectives of the session.