ePortfolio software options

UITS supports several platforms that can be used to facilitate portfolio work for learning, assessment, and self-presentation. To decide which platform is best suited to your intended purpose, review the information provided below and contact a consultant at your campus teaching and learning center.

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Presentation/showcase portfolios

Both Canvas and Taskstream Learning Achievement Tools are cloud-based platforms that include a tool for creating personal presentation portfolios and simple websites consisting of one or more single- or multi-page sections. Google Sites (both classic and new), available through Google at IU, also offer the ability to create presentation and showcase portfolios. See below for a comparison of the features available in each platform.

Note:
Beginning October 1, 2017, Taskstream will only be available to students enrolled on the IUPUI campus and in the Schools of Education on the Bloomington, South Bend, and Southeast campuses.

Feature comparison: Canvas, Taskstream, and Google Sites

Feature Canvas ePortfolios
Taskstream Folios and Web Pages
Google Sites (classic) Google Sites (new)
Organize a presentation into sections, each consisting of one or more pages
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Incorporate artifacts and reflections from a personal collection into presentations
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Easily incorporate Canvas assignment submissions into the portfolio
Yes No No No
Share portfolios via URL Yes Yes Yes Yes
Share portfolios securely with specific individuals or groups within or outside the university
No Yes Yes No
Control the look and feel of a presentation by selecting from a collection of professionally designed visual themes or skins
No Yes Yes Yes
Request and receive feedback on an entire presentation or any part of it
No Yes Yes No
Create and distribute a custom presentation template (with a predefined structure and/or prompts) or use such a template to create a presentation
No Yes Yes No
Copy a presentation to use as a starting point for a new version
No Yes Yes No
Easily upload and embed video files in portfolio pages
No Yes Yes Yes
Easily incorporate a slideshow of images or photos into the portfolio
No Yes No No
Align pages or sections of a portfolio with one or more learning outcomes
No Yes No No
Submit presentations as portfolio artifacts for formal evaluation
No Yes No No
Archive and preserve student presentations that have been formally evaluated
No Yes No No

More about Canvas ePortfolios

More about Taskstream Folios and Web Pages

More about Google Sites

Guided portfolio and outcomes assessment capabilities

The Oncourse Matrices tool, which provided a framework for guiding students through a series of related portfolio activities, was used to promote metacognition and integrative learning as well as to facilitate learning outcomes assessment and reporting. Currently, Taskstream Learning Achievement Tools is the only platform available at IU that supports guided portfolio experiences similar to the matrix in Oncourse. Both Canvas and Taskstream can be used for learning outcomes assessment, but they have different strengths. Canvas's learning outcomes assessment features are best suited to "embedded assessment", a distributed process in which instructors assess the work of their own students, within their own classes, with their own rubrics. Taskstream, on the other hand, is designed for assessment processes that are managed from the top down. A manager or team of managers designs the assignments and rubrics, and evaluations are typically conducted by someone other than the student's instructor. Of the two platforms, Taskstream is the more flexible and robust, but it is more complicated to learn.

Those who used the Oncourse Matrices tool are strongly encouraged to work with their campus center for teaching and learning for assistance with selecting and transitioning their portfolio projects to a new platform.

Note:
Beginning October 1, 2017, Taskstream will only be available to students enrolled on the IUPUI campus and in the Schools of Education on the Bloomington, South Bend, and Southeast campuses.

Feature comparison: Canvas outcomes assessment vs. Taskstream Directed Response Folios (DRFs)

Feature Canvas outcomes assessment
Taskstream Directed Response Folios
Assess student mastery of outcomes and competencies by evaluating student work using rubrics aligned with one or more outcomes or goals
Yes Yes
Generate summary and detailed reports on student performance

(details only; no reports that summarize aggregate data)Yes
Yes
Export raw student performance data
Yes No
Generate summary and detailed reports on submission and evaluation status
No Yes
Create and apply detailed, analytic rubrics to assess student work
Yes Yes
Align specific rubric criteria with one or more learning outcomes
Yes Yes
Weight rubric criteria No Yes
Facilitate the central portfolio activities of collection, reflection, and selection by creating and sharing a guided portfolio framework with students, reviewers, evaluators, and managers
No Yes
Assign specific evaluators to assess specific groups of students and/or specific submissions
No Yes
Customize evaluation workflows, including requiring two or more evaluators per submission
No Yes
Enable both blind and double-blind evaluation
Yes Yes
Hide evaluation results from students

(by muting assignments)Yes
Yes
Students can easily track their own progress in terms of meeting outcomes or goals defined at the campus, school, or program level

(tracking occurs at the course level only, not across multiple courses)Yes
Yes
Managers or evaluators can import data such as GPAs, standardized test scores, etc., for inclusion into assessment framework
No Yes
Managers or evaluators can submit work on behalf of students
No Yes
A portfolio administrator/manager can assign reviewers (individuals to give informal feedback)

(at the course level only, not across multiple courses)Yes
Yes
Students can request feedback from assigned reviewers or other users with whom they wish to share their work
No Yes

More about Canvas rubrics and learning outcomes assessment

Note:
Setting up learning outcomes at the campus, school/college, or department level requires departmental administrator rights in Canvas. For more, see For Canvas, what is a department administrator, and how can my department designate one?

More about Taskstream rubrics, Directed Response Folios (DRFs), and learning outcomes assessment

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