Teaching Resource: The Learning Record

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.

Peg Syverson

To learn more about “The Learning Record”, visit http://www.learningrecord.org.


About Dr. J. Metzker

I believe in the power of a liberal education to transform individuals and society. I am currently the Executive Director of the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence. Formerly, I led a community engagement initiative and held a full professorship in chemistry at a public liberal arts university. I am a proud product of The Evergreen State College.
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One Response to Teaching Resource: The Learning Record

  1. Marcela Chiorescu says:

    Great resource! Thanks for sharing, Julia!

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