A safe and confidential learning environment is paramount to ensuring an effective feedback culture and fostering student ownership. Portflow is taking the next step in this regard. Students now have control over who gets access to the feedback they have received from others. Thus, self-directed learning is more personalized and more secure than before. Students can shape their learning experience accurately and confidently.

With this new update in Portflow, students have full control over who gets access to which part of their portfolio and to what feedback. Previously, when you gained access to a portfolio, you also automatically gained access to the feedback and progress reviews of others. Students can now decide by themselves whether visitors are allowed to see only evidence and their own feedback, or also view the feedback and reviews of others. This provides complete flexibility to share the portfolio on their own terms. Students can experience a greater sense of autonomy in disseminating their portfolio to others, thereby achieving a higher sense of ownership.

When would you share with restricted feedback visibility?

Student keeping feedback confidential

A fellow student or internship supervisor is invited by a student to provide feedback on a student’s process or products. This does not necessarily require them to also view someone else’s review or feedback. Indeed, their rating or feedback may be influenced by being able to view feedback from others. With restricted access, these visitors provide their own honest, authentic insights without guidance or influence from others.

Sometimes feedback and especially progress reviews contain sensitive information. Therefore, the student might prefer to share the portfolio without insight into feedback from others. The owner feels more confident to request (sensitive or personal) feedback from others, or to invite visitors they would otherwise not allow getting that close.

Value for the student

The fact that a student can choose not to share feedback received with everyone makes that the student will dare to ask for more focused, more detailed and perhaps more personal feedback. That is of course valuable and it increases the student’s ownership of their portfolio.

Value for the coach

When giving feedback where coaches/teachers cannot see the feedback already given by others, they are not influenced by other opinions. This makes the feedback authentic and that will be perceived as more genuine by the student.

Elize van der Zwaag, Radboud University

When would you grant access to all feedback?

Students sharing access to feedback

Coaches can gain valuable insights into student performance, methods and progress precisely by reviewing the evidence as well as all received feedback. In doing so, students are not only guided and assessed on the final product, but rather on their journey towards it. This creates a holistic and adequate picture of the student and their development. The coach can see what feedback and reviews a student requested, and see the feedback others provided. This helps coaches to understand the interaction process and how the student acted on feedback received. In this case, the owner gives the coach full access to their portfolio because the owner sees value in also sharing received feedback and progress reviews.

Portflow for a flourishing feedback culture

With this new control over specific portfolio access, Portflow is taking a step toward a more personalized and flexible learning experience for students, in which the students can truly manifest their ownership. As you explore this new feature, we encourage you to actively participate in the Portflow Labs user community to share experiences and listen to stories of others.

Our team of experts is ready to help you get the most out of this new feature. Contact us for more information or to book a demo if you are not yet using Portflow.