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We gave our thesis project (ePasaX) a new name. Thou shall now be called Projectrix: Alternative Assessment and Multi-purpose e-Portfolio =)


Here’s an excerpt from our Project Description passed last June 25:

For projects, the grading or the rating will always be relative to that of the evaluator. What may be excellent for one, for another, otherwise. There may be existing evaluation guidelines that are widely used, though generally accepted, but still are not recognized by all organizations such as universities and industries. Defining one will cost countless hours of debate and parties will just end up defining their own that are tailor-fit to their specific needs. With this kind of problem, a “collaborative approach” in assessment would play a key role for an implicit “standardization” of evaluation guidelines.

ePasa X aims to assist the education system by providing a tool that prioritizes Performance Based Assessments through evaluation of projects with the use of defined rubrics. In this project, a learner is introduced to a system that lets him/her upload products (or works) to be assessed by evaluators or assessors using certain rubrics. These rubrics may be defined by the learner, the assessors or anyone who has access to the system. Learners, after uploading the works can opt to share it to the public or just to selected people for assessment. When assessment is done, a learner can then send the assessed works into his/her portfolio or “scrap book” wherein the learner or other actors the learner gave access to can view them (works) again. The system will use Folksonomy or Common Tags to link works to learners, evaluators and other works. The L.A.M.P. (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) Framework may be used as technologies together with OAuth and Tagging Engines to help with the system security and tag linking respectively.

The main difference of Projectrix from ePasaX is that Projectrix focuses on the “collaborative approach” concept and revolves not on the school but the learner. This way, the system will be used by people for learning and not by establishments for themselves.

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Written by Daniela

July 17, 2009 at 7:04 am

Posted in ProjectriX

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  1. […] from our Statement of the Problem, which basically describes the project in a more formal way in her post. I’m saving the technical terms for our […]


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