Providence, RI (PRWEB) August 4, 2008
Digication™, Inc., a leading provider of e-Portfolios, today announced its release of a new web-based Assessment Management System (AMS) for tracking, comparing, and reporting on student progress and performance in grades K through12 and in schools of higher education. The Digication AMS integrates tightly with the company's award-winning e-Portfolio system, providing students with an online learning community to easily record, publish, and archive learning outcomes using customizable, media-friendly templates.
Faculty and students at more than 2,000 schools use the Digication e-Portfolio solution. The web-based e-Portfolios enable educators and students to share ideas and achievements, improve communication, and expand the educational experience beyond the classroom. With Digication, teachers can easily archive assessments of classroom progress for future reference. Students can use e-Portfolios as a workspace for learning and to showcase work for all to see.
"In the past, Digication e-Portfolios were commonly thought of as a tool for schools to build learning communities and for students to create interactive resumes," said Jeffrey Yan, CEO of Digication. "The new assessment management system brings increased benefits by correlating student work to standards and institutional goals via assessment."
Educators have modeled the Digication AMS from the ground up with a strong focus on assessment for learning through both summative and formative assessment. The system gives faculty and administrators the tools they need to assess a class, department, or institution based on their standards, goals, or objectives. A flexible and unique "workflow builder" enables users to adapt the software to the way learning happens at the school, rather than requiring teachers to change.
Major features of the Digication AMS include:
Flexible Workflows: Tailor assignments, evidence, and assessment requirements based on a specific program or on course processes and specifications. Use the Digication AMS as a stand-alone system or integrated with Digication e-Portfolios.
Rubric Builder: Easily apply rubrics, either by building them from scratch or using existing rubrics from a school-specific library. Rubrics enable users to customize each assessment criterion and the level of achievement for that criterion.
Standards/Goals Manager: Create customized sets of standards, goals and objectives to facilitate mapping of standards to outcomes. Retain and use each set of standards or goals for assessment through a school-wide library.
Formative and Summative Assessment: Facilitate formative assessment (via written feedback) and summative assessment (via rubric) for any piece of student work. Faculty can create assignment workflow that includes peer review or self-reflection as well as faculty review. Use rubrics for all summative assessments, with the ability to correlate student work to standards or institutional learning goals.
Reporting: Customize reporting based on school-wide or departmental requirements for managing, aggregating, and presenting assessment results. Schools and departments can use reports for accreditation, data analysis, and curriculum development.
"This new assessment management system has been under rigorous research and development involving educators from institutions across the U.S. and experts in the field of e-Portfolios," CEO Jeffrey Yan added. "We believe we've developed a solution that will change the way assessments are done, making them easier and more effective. This will ultimately facilitate student learning and achievement while showcasing proficiency."
The Digication AMS will be made available as an option to all existing "K-12 School & District Edition" and "Higher Ed Campus Edition" customers.
About Digication, Inc.
Designed by educators, for educators, Digication is a leading provider of easy-to-use e-Portfolio solutions for teachers and students at all levels, from grades K through12 to higher education. Students at more than 2,000 schools use Digication e-Portfolios as a workspace for learning and to easily, flexibly and professionally showcase their work and achievements across schools and districts. E-Portfolios create new opportunities for learning, reflection, communication, assessment, and career advancement. Integrated tightly with the company's award winning e-Portfolio system is the Assessment Management System. The AMS is a web-based assessment solution for tracking, comparing, and reporting on student progress and performance in grades K through 12 and in schools of higher education. Digication is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island. For more information, visit http://www.digication.com