About Taskstream Learning Achievement Tools

Taskstream Learning Achievement Tools (LAT) is a cloud-based electronic portfolio platform that can be used for many purposes, including learning outcomes assessment (assessment portfolios), self-representation (e.g., showcase portfolios, career portfolios), and promoting deep learning and metacognition (e.g., learning portfolios, developmental portfolios).

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As of October 1, 2017, Taskstream is only available to students enrolled on the IUPUI campus and in the Schools of Education on the Bloomington, South Bend, and Southeast campuses.

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What can I do with Taskstream?

Taskstream provides a suite of tools for designing and facilitating engaging portfolio experiences for students, faculty, and staff. The application offers two distinct portfolio types, the web folio and the Directed Response Folio (DRF):

  • A web folio, commonly known as a presentation or showcase portfolio, is a website about a person, group, or organization, often highlighting the subject's achievements. Anyone with a Taskstream account can create an unlimited number of folios and individual web pages.
  • A DRF is a highly customizable framework for facilitating portfolio activities within a course or academic program. DRFs consist of a collection of activities or requirements organized into categories. When used for learning outcomes assessment, rubrics aligned with selected learning outcomes are used to assess each student submission. Student submissions to the DRF are formally assessed by assigned evaluators. Assessment results can then be aggregated in reports organized by requirement, rubric criterion, or outcome.

Both DRFs and web folios can be configured to support formative feedback from peers and/or assigned reviewers.

In addition to general purpose portfolio and assessment tools, Taskstream LAT offers specialized modules for schools of education such as lesson and unit builders and a module for managing field placements for student teachers, intern- and externships, and clinical practica.

Getting started with Taskstream

Faculty and staff at IUPUI

If you are interested in using a Taskstream Directed Response Folio for your course or program, contact the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning to schedule an appointment with an instructional technology consultant. The consultant will assist you with account creation and provide advice on how to best accomplish your goals within the Taskstream environment.

If you would like your students to use the web folio feature in Taskstream to create websites or presentation portfolios, you can work with your campus teaching and learning center as described above or get started on your own. For more, see In Taskstream, how can I create a portfolio or website?

Schools of Education at IUB, IUSB, and IUS

In the Schools of Education at IUB, IUSB, and IUS, administrative staff within each school coordinate the Taskstream implementation. For information about the primary contact on your campus, send an inquiry to ephelp@iu.edu.

Canvas integration

In Canvas, all official courses offered by IUPUI and the Schools of Education at IUSB and IUS include a link to Taskstream in the course navigation menu; this link facilitates single sign-on and account creation. In addition, a deeper integration with Canvas is available, making it possible to submit and evaluate Taskstream artifacts from within the Canvas Assignments tool. For more, see How do I map Canvas courses to Taskstream DRF requirements?

Logging into Taskstream

There are several different ways to log into Taskstream, but some methods only work with specific account types. For details, see Logging into Taskstream.

Getting help with Taskstream

Documentation

The Taskstream website offers extensive online documentation for logged-in users. To access online help, click Help at the upper right of the Taskstream window:

Taskstream window with help link indicated

In addition, you can access a collection of downloadable user guides in PDF format. For the list of available titles, see the Index of Taskstream user guides.

Help for faculty and staff

For assistance during normal business hours, faculty and staff at IUPUI can contact the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning. Faculty and staff in the Schools of Education at IUB, IUSB, and IUS should contact the person directing your Taskstream program (see above). Outside of business hours, or to report a problem with Taskstream, you can contact your campus Support Center, or contact Taskstream at help@taskstream.com or 800-311-5656.

Help for students

Students requiring assistance with creating, editing, or publishing a web folio or participating in a Directed Response Folio should contact the Support Center, or contact Taskstream at help@taskstream.com or 800-311-5656.

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