In doing a bit of research on the idea of e-portfolios, badging and other ways to help students make sense of their college experience, I stumbled upon “The Learning Record” developed by M. A. Syverson, Director of the Undergraduate Writing Center at The University of Texas at Austin. The Learning Record is a beautifully simple mechanism for evaluating student learning over a course or academic year. The system provides a template for students to collect evidence in support of their own learning that is evaluated by the educator. In her own words …
The Learning Record has been developed from the Learning Record/Primary Language Record created by teachers and researchers in London and California, as a simple yet powerful model for accounting for learning in complex systems. It is based on humane but rigorous and responsible principles. Its method of investigation and inquiry about learning follows sound practices that have grounded research across many disciplines, from biology to economics to anthropology.
To learn more about “The Learning Record”, visit http://www.learningrecord.org.