Here is my investment analyst resport for the new MEXT initiative: the Japan e=Portfolio, rolled out this year and fully implemented next academic year. The e-Portfolio might be unlike what we are used to in Canada. Many LMS’ have a sort of portfolio portion, however, this idea is more like a 3-year ongoing university application. Students are intended to input regular reflections, achievements, certifications, experiences, and milestones that they encounter throughout their high school careers. These are sorted by category, and when students are applying to universities, they submit this portfolio along with their grades. The intent is for universities to be able to assess the holistic potential of an applicant beyond what may be visible through current evaluation methods, which are typically the students’ academic grades, their score on the National CENTER test, and, if they make the short-list, an interview. The program is not transparent and information about how it will be used by institutions, as well as how the data will be managed, stored, and secured, are all still not made public. In light of this, it is a big change to the current system, and given the broad scope of tertiary institutions int he country, there is much room for investors to contribute not only financially, but in data processing expertise.
Please enjoy the detailed breakdown, and if you have any questions, I will do my best to answer. I am still new to video editing, and must have encoded the audio wrong, because it is so much cleaner in the raw version. I apologize for the fuzziness.