Implementing the assessment of the generic attributes of students through self-assessment survey and eportfolios at a higher education institution

Ming LAI, Mui TAI, Siu Cheung KONG, Wen Chung WANG

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Abstract

Generic attributes have become important learning outcomes in higher education. This chapter presents the implementation of an initiative which aims to assess students’ generic attributes through self-assessment survey and ePortfolios at a higher education institution. Seven generic attributes are identified in the initiative based on the review of literature. They are problem solving, critical thinking, creative thinking, oral and written communication, social interaction, ethical decision making, and global perspectives, which are regarded as the Generic Intended Learning Outcomes (GILOs) of the institution. A survey has been developed to assess students’ achievement of these seven GILOs at their entry and final year of study. In supplement of the survey, evidence is collected to demonstrate students’ achievement of the GILOs through the use of ePortfolios. A framework illustrating the operational characteristics of GILOs and the corresponding assessment rubrics are developed. The rubrics can be used both formatively and summatively to assess students’ GILOs achievement. On the one hand, students are informed with the rubrics for selecting evidence to illustrate their GILOs achievement in their ePortfolios. On the other hand, instructors and researchers could use the rubrics to assessment students’ generic attributes. This study aims to investigate how evidence from ePortfolios and the survey could be integrated to provide a more thorough understanding on students’ development and achievement of generic attributes during their study in higher education. The GILOs framework and rubrics, and evidence collected in the initiative, could provide guidance and exemplars to enhance students’ achievement in GILOs. Copyright © 2017 Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmerging practices in scholarship of learning and teaching in a digital era
EditorsSiu Cheung KONG, Tak Lam WONG, Min YANG, Cheuk Fai CHOW, Ka Ho TSE
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherSpringer
Pages347-362
ISBN (Print)9789811033445, 9789811033421, 9811033420
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Citation

Lai, M., Tai, H. M., Kong, S. C., & Wang, W. C. (2017). Implementing the assessment of the generic attributes of students through self-assessment survey and eportfolios at a higher education institution. In S. C. Kong, T. L. Wong, M. Yang, C. F. Chow, & K. H. Tse (Eds.), Emerging practices in scholarship of learning and teaching in a digital era (pp. 347-362). Singapore: Springer.

Keywords

  • Generic attributes
  • GILO
  • Self-assessment
  • ePortfolios

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