Department and Program Resources
Submitting DRF Programs and Rubrics
When submitting information for a new DRF Program or Rubric in TaskStream, please send your request to TaskStream@nau.edu and include the following:
- Name of academic program: This is the name of your academic program as it appears in the NAU catalog
- Primary contact for your academic program: This person will serve as the primary liaison between your program and the Professional Education Unit’s office.
- List of courses to be included in the portfolio: Portfolios are typically organized by course, so it is important to know which courses will be included in the portfolio. The decision about which courses to include in a portfolio is based on the alignment of program courses to standards (SPA, Unit, state, etc.). For NCATE accreditation, programs may not include every program-course in the portfolio – only those which demonstrate candidates’ progress towards program, unit, and state standards.
- Title of each Signature Assessment: Each course in a program portfolio typically contains one Signature Assessment or portfolio requirement (though some courses contain more than one). A course’s Signature Assessment is one that exemplifies candidates’ progress towards a specific outcome, or group of outcomes. Each Signature Assessment needs a title within the portfolio structure.
- Description of each Signature Assessment: Each Signature Assessment needs a brief description within the portfolio structure (one paragraph or less).
- Standards addressed by each Signature Assessment: It is important to align Signature Assessments with standards so that our evaluations of those assessments reflect candidates’ progress towards specific state, SPA, and unit standards. It is also important that our candidates are aware of the outcomes they are expected to meet as they progress through their program.
- Student prompt for each Signature Assessment: For each Signature Assessment in a portfolio, directions for completing that assessment should also be included. Keep in mind that directions should only be as specific as the outcome to be measured; the more specific and detailed the instructions, the less “academic freedom” each instructor will have in facilitating Signature Assessments.
- Evaluation rubric for each Signature Assessment: For each Signature Assessment in a portfolio, an evaluation rubric based on relevant standards should also be included. Rubric criteria should directly reflect the performance indicators for specific standards, not necessarily assessment details which are unrelated to the outcome being measured.
- *Instructional resources/scaffolds (*optional): For each Signature Assessment in a portfolio, it is possible to provide instructional resources and scaffolds directly, within the portfolio itself. These can be web links, word documents, images, movies, or any other electronic resource that may help candidates with a particular Signature Assessment.
Program Portfolio Development Resources
There are several resources at Northern Arizona University dedicated to assisting programs as they develop portfolio-based program assessment systems. If your program is interested in using electronic portfolios for programmatic assessment, your first point of contact should be Kathy Hildebrand. Questions regarding the use and implementation of TaskStream can be directed to TaskStream Support.