Chalk & Wire
Beginning in the academic year 2009-2010, the School of Education (SOE) adopted Chalk & Wire as its assessment and data collection system. Therefore, all students in the School of Education are required to use Chalk & Wire to build an electronic portfolio.
The primary reason the School of Education has implemented Chalk & Wire is that we live in an age of assessment and accountability. Colleges of education must meet the needs of the 21st century by developing an “evidentiary base for measuring the effectiveness of graduates and use this information to redesign programs. Multiple measures are needed,” (Cibulka, 2009, p. 2-3). As the president of NCATE wrote recently, “Knowledge of content, pedagogy, and content pedagogy is necessary but not sufficient,” (Cibulka, 2009, p. 1). Additionally, new U.S. Department of Education initiatives, state licensing regulations will change from credit-based systems to assessment of candidates’ knowledge and skills (Cibulka, 2009).
The School of Education has an obligation to provide our students with opportunities to demonstrate their competencies within their educational programs.
- Chalk & Wire provides students with opportunities to showcase their 21st century skills.
- Chalk & Wire allows the School of Education to conduct authentic assessment of students’ competencies.
Most schools and colleges of education in the US already require exit portfolios from students.
- Traditionally, students present their portfolios in 4-inch, 3-ring binders, stuffed with paper.
- Often these are static documents, created solely for the purpose of meeting graduation requirements.
- They take up a lot of space.
For these reasons, the School of Education elected to adopt the “easy-to-use ePortfolio authoring, assessment system, and data analysis” platform, created by Chalk & Wire (Chalk and Wire, 2009).
With Chalk & Wire:
- Students will build electronic portfolios designed around pre-defined program requirements, which are linked to standards and assessment instruments.
- Within each undergraduate and graduate program, education faculty have designated courses that represent the core of each program.
- Each designated course will have one common assignment, which each student who takes the course, regardless of location, will complete.
- Upon completion of that assignment, students will upload it to Chalk & Wire for assessment.
- These portfolios provide students opportunities to demonstrate their 21st century skills and satisfy the school's need to collect authentic assessment data.
With Chalk & Wire, students can also:
- Create as many personal ePortfolios as they like, as well as receive unlimited storage space at no additional charge.
- Upload large video and audio files using Chalk & Wire’s streaming technology that automatically compresses and converts video and audio into easily accessible media.