Interview with David Niguidula

David Niguidula

Dr. David Niguidula is Founder of Ideas Consulting, an educational technology firm based in Providence, RI, and is best known for his 25 years of work on digital portfolios and school transformation. Through his development of the Richer Picture platform, David has assisted schools around the country as they create proficiency-based requirements and implement new assessment practices such as digital badges and online Individual Learning Plans. His most recent book is Demonstrating Student Mastery with Digital Badges and Portfolios (ASCD, 2019).


Demonstrating Student Mastery with Digital Badges and PortfoliosOne of the seven elements of personalized learning — Cumulative Demonstration of Learning — is a collection and analysis of artifacts over an extended period of time that demonstrates progress toward goals. How do we leverage technology to help assist in the creation, documentation, and reflection that provides evidence of the desired outcomes?

In this interview with David Niguidula, our conversation centered around three questions.

  1. What is the impact of digital portfolios when it is seen as a technological initiative vs. a personalization or assessment initiative?
  2. How do you get school stakeholders to “start with the end in mind” when imagining a portfolio? What does the process look like?
  3. At the classroom level, what does it mean to create portfolio-worth tasks? How are students part of the co-creation experience?

If you are interested in more information, check out David’s book and participate in the study group.

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