E-PORTFOLIO FOR COMPETENCE ASSESSMENT IN A BACHELOR OF LAW DEGREE
Universitat de Barcelona (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN13 Proceedings
Publication year: 2013
Conference name: 5th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 1-3 July, 2013
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:The study discusses the assessment of cross-curricular competences in the Bachelor and Master Degree of Law through the use of the e-portfolio. For this purpose, the objectives to be reached, the phases of application, the selection of the competences, as well as a table of equivalences between activities and competences are defined.
This digital portfolio has allowed us to do the follow-up, monitoring, and assessment of the competences of the students. We have deliberately chosen to carry out an assessment of only the generic or cross-curricular competences. The establishment of the portfolio has been a pilot project for a group of 90 students working on dual degrees at the School of Law of the University of Barcelona.
The experience presented proposes the design of a procedure with which to show the progress in the development of cross-curricular competences in the Degree of Law. The objectives proposed have been projected in two directions. As a means of assessment, it purports:
1. to configure a monitoring tool that tracks the acquisition of cross-curricular competences in the study of Law.
2. to verify the utility of the portfolio and its adequacy for evaluating the process of acquiring general and cross-curricular competences in the study of Law.
On the other hand, it also purports:
1. to verify how the portfolio would contribute to improving acquisition and development of cross-curricular competences.
2. to evaluate the interaction between professors, tutors and students.
to obtain information about the response of teachers and students to the introduction of this innovation.
The experience has been developed in two phases. The first was carried out during the academic year 2010-2011, during which the internal structure of the e-portfolio was designed and the cross-curricular competences to be evaluated were determined. The second phase took place during 2011-2012, and consisted of, on one hand, applying the experience to a group of first-year law students; and, on the other, designing the conditions for the practical application of this means of assessment by developing an Informative Training Guide for professors, and another Guide for students. Additionally, informative sessions and training sessions have been carried out for both students and professors.
Keywords: Cross-curricular competences, assessment, e-portfolio.