Using portfolios for learning and development

Author(s): Baume, David

You can download the following documents from the session here:

CDE portfolios seminar [ppt, 468kb]

Portfolios for Learning and Assessment [pdf, 61kb]

Supporting Portfolio Development [pdf, 227kb]

Briefing on the Assessment of Portfolios [pdf, 128kb]


Portfolio assessment is attracting increasing interest within the University’s distance learning programmes. From 2008 portfolios will form a central part of the assessment of undergraduate Law students, and programme teams are beginning to explore how electronic portfolios provide opportunities to enhance support for postgraduate student work.

As part of our 2007 lunchtime seminar series, this session was run in order to look at the use of portfolios in postgraduate study and its potential interest within the University of London International Programmes.  Participants were encouraged to explore:

  • The pedagogy, the economics and the logistics of portfolios for assessment
  • Exploiting the advantages and overcoming the disadvantages of portfolios for assessment
  • E-portfolios

Dr David Baume
The guest facilitator of this event was David Baume PhD FSEDA. David is currently a CDE Visiting Fellow, an international higher education researcher, consultant, staff and educational developer and writer on topics including curriculum, learning, teaching, assessment and evaluation.

David was founding chair of the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA), a founder of the Heads of Educational Development Group (HEDG) and a founding editor of the International Journal for Academic Development (IJAD). He has co-edited three books on staff and educational development in higher education.

David was previously a Director of the Centre for Higher Education Practice at the Open University. There, he led the production of portfolio-based courses on teaching in higher education; researched with Mantz Yorke the assessment of teaching portfolios; and co-founded the National Coordination Team for projects within the HEFCE Fund for the Development of Teaching and Learning (FDTL).

Type: Teaching/Learning resource

Format: Digital online

Location: Online

Publisher: Dr David Baume

Publication Date: 2007

Intellectual Property Rights: Dr David Baume

Cost: Free

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