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Diagnostic Digital Portfolio or DDP

Alverno's Diagnostic Digital Portfolio or DDP


Alverno's Diagnostic Digital Portfolio serves as an interactive repository of learning artifacts including text, audio, video and graphics.

Just as the abilities have evolved over time, so too has the Alverno assessment program.  Today, Alverno uses state of the art equipment and technology to enhance the assessment experience.  Alverno’s own Diagnostic Digital Portfolio or DDP is the first-of-its-kind, web-based system which enables each Alverno student — anyplace, anytime — to follow her learning progress throughout her years of study.

The DDP helps the student process the feedback she receives from faculty, external assessors and peers. It also enables her to look for patterns in her academic work so she can take more control of her own development and become an autonomous learner. It also provides actual, accessible performance data with which graduates can create an electronic portfolio for potential employers or for graduate schools.

A Title III grant from the U.S Department of Education provided the momentum to design and develop the DDP. It was launched in October 1999. Members of the design team included Kelly Talley, Director of Alverno's Assessment Center; Kathleen O'Brien, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Georgine Loacker, English Professor and head of Alverno's Assessment Council; and Linda Ehley, Associate Professor of Computer Studies. Actual development of the customized computer program was done by consultants, US Web CKS and Deloitte and Touche.

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DDP article in Spring 2000 issue Alverno Magazine p.9-10
This article on the launch of the DDP appeared in the Spring 2000 issue of Alverno Magazine on pages 9-10.

Fall 2004 Alverno magazine article about a national Science Foundation Grant involving the DDP

This article on a National Science Foundation Grant involving the DDP that was awarded to Alverno appeared in the Fall 2004 issue of Alverno Magazine on page 10.