19 February 2009

Tech Note: Software Update from TaskStream

TaskStream has announced its winter upgrade with new features for the student portfolio system called LAT, Learning Achievement Tools.

Among the new features is Outside Evaluation, the ability to add evaluations after an initial score release to the student. In other words, the evaluation can be planned in two stages: first for the student to receive feedback or evaluation (typically from an instructor), and then for outside evaluators (other than the instructor) to make an assessment.

Prior to this upgrade, a student work could be scored by one or multiple evaluators before the score release (to the student) but not afterward. The new option is an ideal support for program and institutional assessment: the single artifact uploaded to the portfolio can be viewed and evaluated for multiple purposes, each with its own electronic record.

The TaskStream LAT upgrade happens on February 25. Some of the other features are Standalone Survey Tool, Due Dates + Reminders, Test & GPA Scores Import, and Admin Only Area. The feature titles communicate the purposes well and reflect common wish list items for educators who utilize eportfolio software.

© 2009 Mary Bold, PhD, CFLE. Email contact: bold[AT]marybold.com. The content of this blog or related web sites created by Mary Bold (www.marybold.com, www.boldproductions.com, College Intern Blog) is not under any circumstances to be regarded as legal or professional advice. Bold is the co-author of Reflections: Preparing for your Practicum or Internship, geared to college interns in the child, education, and family fields. She is a consultant and speaker on assessment, distance learning, and technology.

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